Qatar enables gate-to-gate onboard internet connectivity

    Qatar‘s Communications Regulatory Authority issued (16-Apr-2018) an amended class licence on 15-Apr-2018, authorising operators of aircraft registered in Qatar to provide internet access from the point a passenger boards the aircraft until the passenger disembarks at their final destination. Qatar is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to approve the provision of gate-to-gate internet connectivity onboard aircraft. To avoid interference to aircraft operations or terrestrial public mobile services, restrictions remain in place on use of mobile voice calls, SMS and mobile data when the aircraft is below 3000m above sea level. [more – original PR]