KATHMANDU, April 1: Now onward, the international airlines can use the internet and telecommunications service in the Nepali sky.
The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), an autonomous telecommunications regulatory body, in coordination with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the country’s civil aviation regulator, has granted permission for the use of the internet and telecommunications services above 10,000 feet for international airlines in the Nepali sky.
A meeting of the NTA Board of Directors on 22 March took a decision in this regard.
With this, Nepal is the third country to grant the service to international airlines in South Asia after India and Afghanistan.
The airlines which have got permission from the International Civil Aviation Organisation will be granted the permission to use the internet and telecommunications services above 10,000 feet in the Nepali sky, said the NTA Spokesperson Santosh Poudel.
Granting permission to use internet service below 10,000 feet could result in disturbance in the service on the ground across the country, he said.
To use the service, those willing to avail it should apply to the NTA. At present, three international airlines have applied to the NTA for the service.
The NTA granted the service to the three international airlines after holding talks with the CAAN and bodies under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, he said.