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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The government is finally going to announce WiFi based Internet connections on flights, meeting a longstanding demand of both airlines and passengers, reported an English newspaper today.

A senior civil aviation ministry official said his ministry has approached the department of telecommunications (DoT) with the proposal and will make a formal announcement soon. “The DoT has already said (informally) the proposal is  possible to implement,” quoted Economic Times.

DoT allots spectrum, or airwaves, capacity to operators to provide telecom and broadband services. In India, only foreign airlines such as Emirates, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines offer Internet connectivity on international flights.

Like the use of mobile phones onboard even in flight mode, Wi-Fi and other technologies require regulatory clearances. Airlines typically provide Wi-Fi services by installing on board planes a server that hooks up with a ground-based mobile broadband network or links to satellites.

The number of commercial airplanes globally with Wi-Fi, cell service or both is expected to more than triple over the next 10 years to 14,000, with Asia spawning most of the growth, according to IHS, a research firm.

For airlines, desperate for new sources of revenue because of their wafer-thin margins, Wi-Fi will be a possibly lucrative service to sell. But globally, the service hasn’t been a huge money spinner for airlines because equipping fleets with Wi-Fi, especially via satellites, is costly and few carriers have found a profitable way to cover costs.

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BSNL Partners with Google to Expand WiFi Footprint

BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastav on Friday performed the soft launch of the BSNL – Google Station free WiFi services

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BSNL is providing mobile services in Kashmir. Image Source: www.freejobsinfo.in

On the occasion of World Telecom Day on Friday, state-run telecom major BSNL has partnered with Google to increase access to its WiFi footprint in the country.

With the launch of this service, people across the country will be able to enjoy BSNL’s free WiFi services.

This initiative will allow customers use BSNL’s high speed internet services on WiFi.

BSNL is also taking steps to increase the rural WiFi footprint, promoting the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

“We have been partnering with various technology companies upgrading our platform and increasing our customer reach in this era of ever-increasing demand of high speed internet”, BSNL Director (CFA) Vivek Bansal said.

BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastav on Friday performed the soft launch of the BSNL – Google Station free WiFi services.

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There are 38,000 BSNL WiFi hotspot locations operational in India. One can access these by buying WiFi vouchers that are priced starting at Rs 19. (IANS)