Mobile and internet connectivity in flights coming soon as Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday issued recommendations for allowing in-flight connectivity in Indian airspace.
TRAI will publish its assesment on mobile service providers’ adherance to the new call drop rules by the end of this month. Defaulting services will have to pay a Rs 10 lakh fine at the mobile tower level.
Cellular Operators Association of India said that this could lead to an annual payment loss of Rs 2,000 cr for Indian operators from foreign carriers.
Under new parameters, telecom operators may face a maximum penalty of Rs 10 lakh for call drops.
The Telecom Commission is likely to discuss the relief package recommended by an inter- ministerial group for the sector in its meeting scheduled for December 21.
TRAI had recommended that a “reasonable” amount of free data access – around 100 MB per month – be provided to rural subscribers and the scheme could be funded from the Universal Service Obligation Fund
India begs to differ with the US, as TRAI wisely backs net neutrality
“The use of Internet should be facilitated in such a manner that it advances the free speech rights of citizens, by ensuring plurality and diversity of views, opinions and ideas,” recommended TRAI.
Reacting to the TRAI’s recommendations on Net Neutrality, the Internet Association of India said that that the recommendations are progressive and are in line with the debates in the industry and user groups that has been raging since the last two years.
TRAI today has announced that net neutrality is important, and seeks to restrict internet service providers and mobile operators from discriminatory practices towards certain content.
Reliance Jio added 5.9 million subscribers in the month of September, even though the country’s overall telecom user base dipped by 2.9 million.
Reliance Communications will shut down voice call service from December 1 and its customers can move to other networks by the end of the year.
Large operators including Airtel and Idea Cellular have argued that stringent data protection rules applicable to them should also apply ‘equally and uniformally’ to other players like over-the-top (OTT) apps.
Regulator TRAI is firm on going ahead with the consultation process, including open house forum, on spectrum auction.
R S Sharma said there was nothing wrong in holding a consultation process to understand the views of various stakeholders as it underscored transparency.