Get Set Wi-Fi: In-Flight Internet Is Finally Coming to India!
You step inside a flight in India and once the plane is about to take off, your mobile phones just stop mattering. There’s no internet service for you at 35,000 feet. Hence, your life stops right there.
But that is about to change in 2018, with various domestic airlines prepping up to roll out in-flight Wi-Fi with speeds as good as 5 Mbps. Not bad, eh?
Stay Online Sky-High
Honeywell Aerospace is one of the companies enabling airlines in India to go online, mid-air.
Globally, Ku Band was the go-to in-flight technology for airlines until 2014, but you’ll be pleased to know India is getting the latest standard available, offering fast speed internet.
However, the growing need for more data bandwidth and speed at a lower cost has resulted in airlines moving to the new network standard.
So, now that we know how in-flight Wi-Fi works, it is also vital to know the technology that powers this connectivity.
Meet Ka Band: The Future of In-Flight Wi-Fi
What we don’t know is which flights will be the first ones to make the move. But as pointed out by Sasi, the quality of speed available with in-flight Wi-Fi depends on:
Challenges for In-Flight Wi-Fi in India
With the help of firms like Honeywell, the Civil Aviation Ministry, along with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India (DGCA) have finally got the confidence to go ahead with this technology.
Yes, for a country that’s strayed from standardising in-flight Wi-Fi usage, Sasi points out the work that is to be done for airlines to get required approvals from the ministry.
This apart, he also stressed on the need for airlines to focus on the security bit that comes along when using data connectivity.
That’s where the privacy trouble starts posing serious questions, but I guess that’s the price you pay when it comes to national security.
But it’s good to see that the DGCA and the Civil Aviation Ministry have given the go-ahead, now it is up to the airlines to get their systems upgraded at the earliest.
So, are you excited about the prospect of staying connected even while you’re flying? We sure can’t wait to test it out soon.
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