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Good News! Flyers Will Be Able To Make Calls And Browse Internet Soon

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| May 1 , 2018 , 17:47 IST

Flyers will soon be able to take calls and surf the internet mid-air as the proposed plan for allowing mobile phone calls and internet services in domestic and international flights within the Indian geography has been approved by the Telecom Commission on Tuesday.

The plan will be rolled out within 3-4 months, with certain restrictions though. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan has approved the plan recommended by TRAI for allowing the passengers to use their respective smartphones when aircraft reaches the height of 3,000 meters.

"Almost all recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on this have been accepted. We are expediting the process (to start) and within 3 months it should be ready," Sundararajan said.

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Currently, arrangements involving telecom companies, airlines and other intermediaries for the execution of proposed plan are in order. The restriction of 3000 meters, which plane generally reaches within 4-5 minutes of takeoff, has been imposed to maintain compatibility with terrestrial networks.

The facility will help the Indian Airlines in competing with foreign carriers and help the travellers immensely. It will, however, raise the noise levels within aircraft but facilitate the passengers nonetheless. Installation of equipment offering WiFi would be expensive though.

In its recommendation filed in January, TRAI has claimed that DoT had sought the regulator’s views on introducing voice, data and video services over Indian airspace for domestic, international and overflying flights. Globally, more than 30 airlines allow voice calls and internet access during flights.