Department of Telecom Awaits Law Ministry Nod for In-Flight Connectivity NormsSinha told colleagues the Law Ministry could give the approval in about a week.

“We’ve requested the acceptance of the Law Ministry for its in-flight connectivity standards. I expect that we’d get the clearance in 7-10 days and after it’s cleared we’d notify the criteria,” he explained.

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

A DoT official stated the Communications Ministry needs the global best practice to be followed in India in regard to whether the policy of in-flight connectivity needs to be up to territorial waters or expand to Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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

“After DoT problems the telling, which should occur immediately, then we’ll sit with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and decide what ought to be the time-frame for moving ahead,” the official stated.


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