The Nepal Telecommunications Authority, in coordination with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, is about to allow foreign airlines to use the service in the sky. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Authority held on Chaitra 9.
Foreign airlines will be able to use internet and mobile phones in Nepali skies.
NEA spokesperson Santosh Poudel informed that the NEA has decided to allow the use of the service at an altitude of 10,000 feet if requested by a foreign airline. According to him, airlines licensed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will get the facility. NEA will allow the service to be provided based on the permission of ICAO.
The NEA has stated that the facility has been provided considering the possibility of disruption in the frequency within Nepal if the internet service is allowed to operate at an altitude of less than 10,000 feet.
Three foreign airlines had applied to NEA for operation of Akash internet service. Based on the demand (application) of the foreign company, the NEA has decided to allow the operation of the service from the board meeting after discussing with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Ministry of Communications and other agencies.
Earlier, India and Afghanistan had been providing internet service in the sky above 10,000 feet. After these two countries, Nepal has become the third country in South Asia to Provide telecommunication services in the sky.