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How calls and WiFi on flights would work

How calls and WiFi on flights would work

How calls and WiFi on flights would work
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By CNBC-TV18 May 2, 2018 10:44:51 AM IST (Updated)

The services will be available only once the plane touches an altitude of 3,000 metres.

The Telecom Commission on Tuesday gave its nod for recommendations on in-flight internet, paving the way for passengers to access internet and telephone services mid-flight.

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"Almost all recommendations by the Trai on this have been accepted. We are expediting the process (to start) and within 3 months it should be ready," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.
How does it work?
All airlines, domestic or international, will be able to offer internet services to passengers which will enable the passengers to buy data packs for use during the journey.
Service providers can also provide voice service on domestic and international flights.
The services will be available only once the plane touches an altitude of 3,000 metres in order to maintain compatibility with terrestrial networks. For data service, aircrafts will have to be retrofitted with an antenna.
Many countries and regions, including the European Union, the US, and Australia, allow in-flight connectivity, with over 30 airlines offering the service.
The DoT will create a separate category of licences for in-flight service providers, which will pay an annual licence fee of Rs 1 initially.
However, not all parties were enthusiastic about the decision. Indian low-cost carriers, which dominate the domestic market, were cold to the concept of in-flight WiFi.
The airline operators cited high installation charges and said the cost may not be recoverable on a two-and-a-half-hour travel.
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