Indian passengers can access Internet in flights soon as BSNL and International Mobile Satellite Organisation is planning to bring flight Internet connectivity. At present, the facility is only available for defense personnel’s and is now rolled out for passenger flights.
“In about a year’s time, we will open satellite phone services to private companies and persons, as well as offer internet facility on flights and ships,” says, BSNL’s Chairman Anupam Shrivastava.
The flight internet will be provided through a Wi-Fi router which will be connected to the nearest satellite. Permissions for this Internet on flights project has been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of Telecommunications.
BSNL will roll out tariff plans for Internet in Indian flights after the completion of other regulatory approvals. “Inmarsat has tied up with BSNL and has already installed their equipment on our premises after being tested for law enforcement,” says a BSNL official.
On the other hand, foreign airlines are already offering Wi-Fi services in flights between both international and domestic routes. This flight internet facility will also help airlines to collect more revenue.
This Internet on flights in India will attract users as no Indian airlines are offering Wi-Fi services in flights. AirIndia will launch Internet service in flights on its Airbus A-320 planes which mainly operates domestic routes. Jet Airways has introduced its JetScreen streaming services in flights to access for entertainment content using Wi-Fi for in-flight connectivity. At present, Jet Airways Boeing 737 flights come with Wi-fi services which connect flyers to onboard services.
This latest move of Internet in flights will add as another factor to boost the domestic airline Industry. Also, it is believed that Internet in Indian flights will promote the air travel experience to next level.