Tata’s Nelco starts in-flight Wi-Fi services in Indian skies – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Airlines will now be able to offer in-flight Wi-Fi in Indian skies. Nelco, a Tata Group VSAT solutions provider, on Wednesday announced the launch of aero in-flight communication (IFC) services in India. Nelco, the first Indian company to provide this service, has partnered with Panasonic Avionics Corporation for offering these services.
Vistara has already signed up for Aero IFC services and will be the first domestic airline company to launch them very soon. The airline will offer IFC on its Dreamliners and Airbus A321s. It will showcase its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on March 2 which will start international flights to cities like London and Tokyo from April onwards.
With Nelco launching IFC, it will be possible for international aircrafts flying over India as well as domestic airlines to offer broadband internet services to its passengers on board. The Aero IFC services will enable seamless at-home and in-office experience in the skies for airline passengers.
Nelco CMD P J Nath said: “We are delighted that Nelco is spearheading in providing the long awaited Aero IFC services in the country, marking the beginning of a new chapter in passenger services for the aviation sector in India. We are also very happy that we have forged the partnership with Panasonic Avionics in serving their customers. We forsee a great opportunity for growth in the IFC services in the country in the coming years and intend to be a leader in this market.”
Panasonic Avionics Corporation CEO Ken Sain said: “Becoming the first satellite communications provider to offer services over India is a major milestone for Panasonic. We are delighted to be partnering with Nelco and are proud to offer our valued customers the ability to change the way people stay connected inflight, at sea and in remote locations around the world.”
In December 2018, India had announced the licenses for in-flight and maritime communications (IFMC) that allows broadband internet services while flying over the Indian skies and sailing in Indian waters, both for international and Indian aircrafts and vessels.
Nelco obtained the IFMC licence and says it is the first Indian company to enable communication services for the maritime and airlines sectors in India. Currently, Nelco is the only company in India that has successfully operationalised the entire scope of the IFMC license comprising of both, the Aero in-flight communication and maritime communication services.

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