Sinha told colleagues the Law Ministry could give the approval in about a week.
“We’ve asked the acceptance of the Law Ministry for the in-flight connectivity norms. I expect that we’d get the clearance in 7-10 days and after it’s cleared we’d notify the norms,” he said.
The Telecom Commission on May 1 had accepted in-flight connectivity, facilitating both data and voice calls and information surfing in Indian airspace.
A DoT official stated the Communications Ministry wants the international best practice to be followed in India in regard to whether the coverage of in-flight connectivity needs to be up to territorial waters or extend to Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Territorial water extends up to 12 nautical miles (approximately 22 km) from coastal line of the nation, whilst EEZ covers up to 200 nautical miles (370.4 kilometers ).
“After DoT problems the telling, which hopefully should happen immediately, then we’ll sit across with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and then decide what should be the time-frame for moving forward,” the official stated.