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17 Apr 2019

Soon, Reliance Jio could offer internet on Indian flights

Reliance Jio may offer in-flight connectivity

If there's anything that annoys us when we board a flight in India, it's the lack of internet.

However, the good news is, things are changing and telcos are gearing up to offer in-flight connectivity.

Just recently, Airtel received an in-flight connectivity license from the Department of Telecommunications, and now, Reliance Jio is queueing up for the same.

Here are the details.

In context

Reliance Jio may offer in-flight connectivity
Mobile connectivity and data services for 10 years

Application

Mobile connectivity and data services for 10 years

Sources familiar with the development told The Economic Times that Reliance Jio Infocomm has applied for an in-flight connectivity license with the DoT.

The license, if provided, will allow the telecom giant to provide mobile connectivity and data services over the domestic/international airspace for a period of 10 years.

Along with Jio, several other companies have also applied for the license, the source claimed.

Who are the other applicants

According to the ET source, along with Jio, Ortus Communications, Station Satcom, and Cloud Cast Digital have also applied for the same. Meanwhile, DoT has also sought some clarification from some of these applicants.

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Competition

Airtel and BSNL also in the league

Jio's application comes just a few weeks after Bharti Airtel's subsidiary Indo Teleports Limited and state-run telecom company BSNL received a 10-year 'in-flight and maritime connectivity' license.

Both Airtel and BSNL confirmed that development, with the former's partner noting that it would commence the service "later this year once the ground infrastructure and associated approvals are in place," MediaNama reported.

So, soon, you'll have internet connectivity on flight

Future

So, soon, you'll have internet connectivity on flight

Currently, India and North Korea are the only countries that don't offer in-flight connectivity.

However, with so many players applying for and receiving the license, you can expect to have Wi-Fi and mobile services on domestic flights.

TRAI's recommendations for in-flight data and voice services were approved by DoT in May 2018 and the rules for the same were notified later in December.

Growth

Flight connectivity will also contribute to aviation market

With in-flight connectivity, provided either through satellites or ground stations, airlines would be able to get more customers aboard.

Last year, a report from Financial Express suggested that in-flight connectivity could add as much as $30 billion to airline revenues.

Now, this could largely contribute to the growth of India's civil aviation market, which relies on some 550 aircraft and over 250 million fliers.

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When in-flight connectivity will be offered?

How internet will be provided on flights?

Will Airtel offer in-flight internet?

Will Vodafone also offer in-flight connection?

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When in-flight connectivity will be offered?

Asked 2019-04-17 18:46:08 by Ayaan Patil

Answered by NewsBytes

The license is being provided and flights should start offering connectivity by the end of this year or early next year.

How internet will be provided on flights?

Asked 2019-04-17 18:46:08 by Aradhya Jayaraman

Answered by NewsBytes

Internet will be provided via ground stations or satellites.

Will Airtel offer in-flight internet?

Asked 2019-04-17 18:46:08 by Vibhore Mukopadhyay

Answered by NewsBytes

Bharati Airtel's subsidiary has received the license for in-flight connectivity and should start offering the same soon.

Will Vodafone also offer in-flight connection?

Asked 2019-04-17 18:46:08 by Hansika Saxena

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, it is not clear if Vodafone Idea will offer in-flight connectivity services.

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