NTA to provide call & internet service to international airlines.

Telecommunications is definitely one of the largest miracles achieved by mankind. Technology seems to keep on upgrading and providing us with benefits we never knew we even needed. 

Following this, Nepal Telecommunications Authority has announced that they can provide in-flight wifi. From a time where there weren’t even any means to know if the traveling person reached their destination without weeks of waiting. We have reached a time where people in mid-air can communicate with us. 

Nepal’s Announcement

NTA director Purshottam Khanal announced that Nepal is now able to serve Internet connection to fights in the Nepali sky. This is huge news for Nepal because it has become the third country in South Asia to do so. India and Afghanistan have already permitted this service. 

NTA will soon grant permits to the willing airline companies as per the policies of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. These services will be available only above 10,000 sq ft. The reason for the height limitation is because, if the service is below 10,000 sq ft. it would cause frequency disturbances on the ground. 

Any airlines who wish to receive this service have to apply to NTA itself in addition to approval from CAAN ( Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal). In fact, Nepal has already approved three airlines. 

Nepal seems to be exceeding limits this year and trying a lot of new digital progressions. As 5G is already well on the way, so is a Nepalese airline offering onboard WiFi!

The cost of this service may be slightly high. The people with domestic sim cards will be charged at local rates so it might not be as pricey for them. 

However, foreigners who carry their international SIM cards will receive international rates which are slightly higher. 

How does onboard WiFi work?

You must be wondering how this is possible? How do cell phone signals travel so long to your mobile device so you can upload that Instagram story? Well, there are actually two ways they function.

Airplanes have an antenna on their lower body that connects to cell towers near them. Once connected, the airplane becomes a hotspot and people can surf the internet. However, this is not possible when the craft is flying above masses of water. Hence, the second method comes into action which is through satellite. 

Satellite WiFi uses a network of orbiting satellites to allow a connection. The satellite is linked to ground stations, and the airplane connects using a satellite antenna on the top of the fuselage. Again, the plane uses whichever satellite is nearest as it travels. Satellite WiFi operates on two different bandwidths: narrowband and broadband. Both allow passengers full Internet access. Although the narrower options are less suitable for streaming movies. While waiting on a layover, keep your data safe with a mobile hotspot.

Nepal is taking great steps towards achieving new milestones in the technology field these days. It is already on the way to be the first country in South Asia to serve 5G. And now it is the third country in South Asia to provide Board WiFi! NTA is also on its way to launch satellites of its own Makes one wonder what the next exploration might be? Whatever it is, we will be certain to report it to you and we wish our country luck!

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