Department of Telecom Awaits Law Ministry Nod for In-Flight Connectivity NormsThe Department of Telecommunications is waiting for clearance of the in-flight connectivity Standards by the Law Ministry and Might notify the Principles when it gets a go ahead, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said here on Wednesday.

Sinha told reporters that the Law Ministry may give the approval in around a week.

“We have asked the approval of the Law Ministry for its in-flight connectivity norms. I expect that we’d receive the clearance in 7-10 days and once it’s cleared we’d notify the criteria,” he explained.

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

A DoT official said the Communications Ministry wants the global best practice to be followed in India in respect of whether the coverage of in-flight connectivity needs to be up to territorial waters or extend 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 up to 200 nautical miles (370.4 km).

“Once DoT problems the notification, which hopefully should occur immediately, then we will sit across with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and then decide what ought to be the time-frame for moving ahead,” the official said.

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