India’s In-flight Connectivity Rules: Eligibility, Restrictions, Fees, and Obligations for IFMC Service Providers

Posted on 9th January 2019

The Department of Telecommunications of India (DoT) published and enforced the long-awaited Flight and Maritime Connectivity Rules, 2018, (the “Rules”) on 14 December 2018.

The Rules authorise Indian and foreign registered airlines or ships — including business jets, executive aircrafts, and yachts — to offer In-Flight and Maritime Connectivity (IFMC) services within or above India or Indian territorial waters. Passengers will now enjoy wireless Internet access via Wi-Fi and mobile data.

The provision of IFMC services within the Indian territory is subject to an In-flight Authorisation — valid for 10 years — and to eligibility criteria, restrictions, fees, and obligations.

Eligibility

Further restrictions

Fees

Lawful interception obligations

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