The common norm while taking off on a flight is to either switch off your mobile phone or put it in flight mode. We’ve spent countless such hours on flight without wi-fi and real time entertainment. But it looks like things are about to change now. Can you fathom making a call from air or replying to messages mid-flight? Not only that this facility will also be provided to the maritime sector who experience bad network all the time.

Thanks to the government, rules have been chalked out to provide such services during air travel and ship voyage within Indian territory. Domestic and foreign airlines as well as shipping companies operating in the country will now 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 on the ground as well as using satellites. In case of the latter, the telegraph message shall be passed through the satellite gateway earth station located within the country.

They say 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. Interestingly, the IFMC licence will be granted against an annual fee of Re 1 over 10 years and the permit holder will have to pay licence fees and spectrum charges based on the revenue earned.

You don’t technically have to say goodbye before taking a flight now; you can be in touch with your loved ones throughout. And neither would you have to frantically wait for the aircraft t touch down so you can bring your phone back to life. This is going to be an ultimate game-changing development brought about by the Telecom Department of India.