Soon, air travellers can browse the internet & use satellite phones on board 

Indian flyers would soon be able to browse the Internet & log on to sites like Facebook, WhatsApp & Instagram with inflight connectivity.
  • This service was available only for defence personnel.
  • The service will be offered by State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) the sole licensee to provide satellite services & International Mobile Satellite Organization (Inmarsat).
  • Satellite phone services to private companies & persons will soon be opened.
  • Internet facility on ships is also expected to open.
  • Air travellers would get data via a Wi-Fi router.
  • Till recently, limited satellite-based phone services in India were offered by Tata Communications (TCL) after acquiring Videsh Sanchar Nigam (VSNL).
  • Existing Inmarsat satellite phone users are asked to migrate to the new network of BSNL by July 31 & have new SIM numbers.
Such connected aircraft service would be a $7-billion opportunity with 25,000 airplanes expected to offer Internet connectivity by 2025. BSNL has also already applied for the International Maritime Organisation licence. 

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