Gazette notification on ‘Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules-2018’

People will soon be able to make calls and access the internet through their phones during air travel and ship voyage within the Indian territory as the government has notified rules for providing such services.

Indian and foreign airlines and shipping companies operating in the country can provide in-flight and maritime voice and data services in partnership with a valid Indian telecom licence holder.

The in-flight and maritime connectivity (IFMC) can be provided using telecom networks on the ground as well as using satellites.

The services can be provided by a valid telecom licence holder in India through domestic and foreign satellites having the permission of the Department of Space, it said.

The IFMC services will be activated once the aircraft attains a minimum height of 3,000 metres in Indian airspace to avoid interference with terrestrial mobile networks.

The IFMC licences will be granted against an annual fee of Re 1 for a period of 10 years and the permit holder will have to pay licence fees and spectrum charges based on revenue earned from providing services.

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