DoT likely to start inviting applications for providing in-flight Internet in October

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in October is likely to invite applications from entities for providing in-flight Internet services, a senior government official said . With in-flight connectivity, passengers would be able to make calls and browse the Internet during their flights in the Indian airspace. Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said there was a long sitting with potential service providers, airlines and the DoT, following which a “certain road map” has been decided upon. The matter would now be taken to the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary, he added. While mobile phone use would still be restricted during take-off and landing, the Telecom Department’s highest decision-making body has approved the lifting of a ban on the use of mobile phones and Internet services at cruising altitudes

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