Department of Telecom Awaits Law Ministry Nod for In-Flight Connectivity Norms

Department of Telecom Awaits Law Ministry Nod for In-Flight Connectivity NormsThe Department of Telecommunications is Awaiting clearance of the in-flight connectivity Standards from the Law Ministry and would notify the rules once it gets a Proceed, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said here on Wednesday.

Sinha told reporters that the Law Ministry could give the approval in around a week.

“We’ve requested the acceptance of the Law Ministry for its in-flight connectivity standards. I expect that we’d receive the clearance in 7-10 days and once it is cleared we would notify the norms,” he explained.

The Telecom Commission on May 1 had approved in-flight connectivity, facilitating both voice and data calls and data browsing in Indian airspace.

A DoT official said the Communications Ministry needs the international best practice to be followed in India in respect of whether the policy of in-flight connectivity needs to be up to territorial waters or extend to Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Territorial water expands up to 12 nautical miles (approximately 22 km) from coastal line of the nation, while EEZ covers around 200 nautical miles (370.4 kilometers ).

“Once DoT issues the notification, which should happen immediately, then we will sit with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and then decide what ought to be the time-frame for moving forward,” the official stated.