New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led government on Monday gave its nod to introduce in-flight WiFi services by airlines. Notably, the WiFi services will be given to flyers after the permit by the Pilot-in-Command. The travelers on board can avail services for their smartphones, laptops, tablets, e-readers or smartwatches given that the devices are on airplane mode or fight mode. Also Read - 'Your Seat is Not Sleeper Berth', Civil Aviation Ministry Shares 'Etiquette of Flying' For Passengers
The Civil Aviation Ministry also issued a statement to confirm the development. “The Pilot-in-Command may permit the access of internet services by passengers on board an aircraft in flight, through Wii-Fi on board, when laptop, smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, e-reader or a point of sale device is used in flight mode or airplane mode”, the aviation ministry said in a statement. Also Read - Coronavirus Scare: Civil Aviation Ministry Orders Thermal Screening of Passengers Flying in From China at 7 Airports
It added,”Provided that the Director-General shall certify the aircraft for the usage of internet service in-flight through Wi-Fi on board subject to the procedures as specified in this behalf.”
Nelco, a Tata Enterprise entity and VSAT solutions provider, on the other hadnd, announced the launch of Aero in-flight communication (IFC) services in India . Nelco is the first Indian company to provide this service in the country. The company has entered into a partnership with Panasonic Avionics Corporation for offering these services.
Meanwhile, Vistara has already signed up for Aero IFC services and is likely to be the first domestic airline company to launch these services very soon.
In December 2018, the Government of India announced the licenses for In-Flight and Maritime Communications (IFMC) that allows broadband Internet services while flying over the Indian skies and sailing in Indian waters, both for international and Indian aircraft and vessels. The IFMC license is a key initiative of the Telecom Ministry, a move to liberalise satellite communication services in India.
(With inputs from agencies)