In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) enabling passengers to make calls and access internet services on domestic and international flights in India may happen this or early next week, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said Friday. The central government would issue a notification for this soon, she said. Globally, many airlines are already offering wi-fi for passengers, but they currently have to switch off the facility when they enter the Indian airspace. FC aims at enabling making calls and internet services during flights in the Indian airspace and availability of wi-fi is also expected to provide local airlines with an additional source of revenues amid stiff competition in the fast-growing Indian aviation market.
“IFC may happen this week or maybe early next week because we have already finalized the guidelines. Just the notification is to be issued by them,” Sundararajan t
The official said the response from both foreign and domestic airline operators, had been positive as they see it as a competitive strategy to attract customers.
“See a lot of the airline operators have been quite keen on IFC. They see it as a competitive strategy to attract customers. International operators like INMARSAT also are keen to come in, and of course, our local players are there. There is a lot of interest,” she added.