NATIONAL | May 1, 2018 (TNN):
Make calls while in the air. The government has cleared a much-awaited proposal to allow calls and internet services on the aircraft, and the same should be rolled out over the next 3-4 months.
The high-powered inter-ministerial Telecom Commission, headed by Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, approved the move which will allow you to use your smartphone once the aircraft achieves a height of 3,000 meters.
“The services can be rolled out over the next 3-4 months as arrangements will need to be made between telecom companies, airlines and other intermediaries involved in the process,” Sundararajan said.
The measure was earlier approved by telecom regulator Trai.
It is expected that consumers will need to pay additional tariffs for availing in-flight connectivity, though telcos may gradually throw-in bundled packages to attract frequent fliers.
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