An official source said that the telecom department is looking forward to allowing, in flights and water vessels, only data services initially within the Indian boundaries.
Under the in-flight connectivity guidelines proposed, both voice and data services would be provided to the passengers travelling by flights and waterways within the national boundaries.
Department of Telecom officially told PTI that initially the department had accessed application for providing data services under in-flight connectivity guidelines and there are some issues for providing voice services in around the gateway so they cannot start it immediately. In-flight connectivity service is present in most of the developed markets.
Though Telecom Commission has approved to lift the ban upon the use of cell phones and internet services at cruising altitudes, mobile phone users will still be restricted at the time of takeoff and landing.
Many airlines provide wi-fi services to the passengers but they have to turn down their facility as they enter the Indian airspace.
Among 30 airline services which allow mobile phone use in flight except in Indian airspace, are AirAsia, Air France, British Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, Air New Zealand, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
The Telecom Department is likely to approach the Law Ministry next week for a review of the IFC guidelines before notifying them.
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