Bringing in-Flight Connectivity: TRAI


Telecom regulator Trai on Friday recommended allowing mobile phone calls and internet services like wi-fi on domestic and international flights.Trai recommended to the government that inflight mobile
telephony and internet services can be allowed ,using satellite.And earthly network but after providing a mechanism for lawful.Interceptional and the keep track of wi-fi in aircraft cabins to ensure safety.the recommendation will now go to the Telecom Ministry for further decision and implementation of the services.

The authority recommends that both internet and the Mobile Communication on Aircraft (MCA) service should be permitted as in-flight connectivity (IFC) in the indian airspace” Trai said in its recommendations on in flight connectivity’(IFC). The department of telecom had sought views of the Telecom regulatory Authority of india (TRAI) on August 10,2017,over proposal to introduce voice data and video services over indian air space.The regulator said that internet services through wi-fi onboard should be made available when electronic devices are
permitted to be used only inflight or airplane mode and announcement regarding this should be made after boarding is completed and the aircraft is about to taxi.

It would ensure that there is no encroachment on the scope of terrestrial internet service provided by Telecom Service Providers as well as practically there won’t be any appreciable discontinuity in the provisioning of internet services to the fliers,”TRAI said.The regulator recommended creation of IFC service provider at annual license free of 1 rupee only initially, after entering into an arrangement with the telecom license holder having appropriate authorization. The regulator said that the IFC service provider should be permitted to use either INSAT systems (Indian satellite system or foreign satellite capacity leased through the department of space)or foreign satellite outside INSAT systems in the Indian airspace .The deployment of the gateway of India provides an effective mechanism to lawfully intercept and monitor the in cabin internet traffic must be routed to a satellite gateway on
Indian soil,”Trai recommended.It added that routing of traffic through satellite gateway in India should be imposed regardless of whether the satellite in question is an Indian satellite system or not.

 

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