TRAI allows Wi-Fi and mobile services on board for flyers

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New Delhi: Flyers in India, as well as those over-flying the country, can now have access to both internet and mobile services on board aircraft. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday issued its recommendations on in-flight connectivity (IFC), under which airlines will be allowed to offer both these services to flyers with certain conditions put in place for security reasons. While the internet can be provided from the moment a plane takes off and personal electronic devices (PED) have to be put on flight mode, mobile services can be allowed when aircraft are over an altitude of 3,000 meters.

“By meeting some requirements, airlines can offer both these services. It is up to them which one to offer and whether to offer them,” said a TRAI official. Most airlines globally offer Wi-Fi on board as allowing mobile calls could be too much of a nuisance for fellow travellers.