M Saraswathy gets in conversation with Moneycontrol's Stanford Masters to discuss inflight connectivity, the cost of such services to both passengers and carriers and much more.
Rules to allow the use of mobile phones for making calls and internet surfing during flights in the Indian airspace could come as early as January 2019, after Law Ministry gives its concurrence.
On May 1, the Telecom Commission - the highest policy-making body of Department of Telecom (DoT) - had cleared a proposal for allowing wider in-flight connectivity that is now available in most of the developed markets.
The decision is expected to pave the way for travellers to use internet and voice services on mobile phone during flights in the Indian airspace. In-flight connectivity norms will also cover maritime transport.