Wednesday, June 06, 2018

TRAI rebuts DoT objections to in-flight connectivity views

New Delhi: The telecom regulator has rejected the telecom department’s (DoT) objections on two points in the watchdog's recommendations on mobile communications on aircraft in Indian airspace, and backed its views that foreign satellites and gateways should be used to provide the much-awaited services.
The in-flight connectivity (IFC) service, which will give flyers using domestic airlines and those coming to India via international routes, is expected to be made available in a few months, even as DoT officials plan to meet with the aviation secretary within a week to move ahead with the offering.
“It’s an issue of understanding of technology between what Trai has recommended and what the committee and DoT understands, so we have explained how the technology can work, which cannot happen by using only local satellites,” a Trai official said.
While DoT has approved the broad contours of the service given by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) last month, it had raised objections flagged by the committee of secretaries on three counts with the regulator on May 15, and asked the authority to reconsider its suggestions.
Trai, in its response, argued that the panel’s view of using Indian satellites and satellites approved by the department of space (DoS), with Indian gateways, “was not implementable.” It also gave the same reasoning while backing its other recommendation of allowing lawful Interception through mirror-mode gateway mechanism.
05/06/18 Economic Times