Wireless internet on aircraft is provided through an on-board router which is connected to the aircraft’s antenna.
DoT to seek clarification from TRAI on Rs 3,050 crore cumulative penalty recommended by it on service providers Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.
Presently, Wi-Fi services and phone calls are not allowed on flights flying over the Indian airspace.
For existing phones, the handset makers will also have to arrange for installation of new software patch at retail outlets
COAI has requested DoT to take proactive steps to stop calls through apps, like the one recently planned by state-owed BSNL
The change to these guidelines was cleared by the Cabinet earlier this month, and as an interim measure, called for the most recently recommended reserve price by Trai to be taken as the provisional price for liberalisation of the said airwaves.
The move is expected to benefit operators wanting to offer VoLTE services that will help them decongest their networks in metro areas
Trai has suggested spectrum price for all frequency bands that can be used for mobile services in India.
“We have also received communication from the Centre regarding this. It (the restriction) should be removed in the final policy document,” said Ashok Jain.
The spectrum trading notification said that all access spectrum bands earmarked for access services by the licensor (DoT) will be treated as tradable spectrum bands.
While DoT Secy made phone calls to the top Indian industrialists, watchdog TRAI said it will issue final recommendations by mid-October on compensation to be given by operators to their customers.
According to police sources, the meeting was held in December last year.
The government expect to raise a minimum of Rs 9,355 crore from the auction of three sets of available spectrum.
Telecom minister Kapil Sibal had asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to work on rationalising penalties.
Professor Kumar, who heads the Electrical Engineering department at the university, denies conflict of interest.