In-Flight Wi-Fi, Calls Cleared by India’s Telecom Commission

In-Flight Wi-Fi, Calls Cleared by India’s Telecom Commission

Calling and texting from plane will quickly change into a actuality because the Telecom Commission on Tuesday has authorised in-flight connectivity, facilitating each voice and information calls and information browsing in Indian airspace, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan stated.

“Almost all recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on this have been accepted. We are expediting the process (to start) and within 3-4 months it should be ready. We will be operationalising this decision immediately,” she advised reporters after the assembly on Tuesday.

She stated there have been solely two exception to TRAI’s suggestions. The sector regulator stated that international satellites and international gateways must also be permitted, “but there had been an earlier committee of secretaries meeting that decided that it should be an Indian satellite or a Department of Space approved satellite and the gateway should be in India.”

Sundararajan stated: “We have to create a separate category of licensee, called In-Flight Connectivity Provider. This will also be applicable for ships. Re 1 will be the token licence fee. It is applicable above 3,000 metres.” 

She additionally stated that the matter needn’t go to the Cabinet for approval. 

In addition, protecting in view that grievance redressal within the telecom sector, which has been an extended pending demand, the panel authorised the proposal of forming a Telecom Ombudsman.

“We get 10 million grievances per quarter. A three tier mechanism has been proposed. First will be within the telecom service providers the first level of complaints can be lodged. Then if the consumer is not satisfied with the response, each TSP will set up an appellate mechanism within itself to which the person can complaint. After that if it does not work they can move to consumer grievance redressal forums,” Sundararajan stated.

“On top will be a Telecom Ombudsman created by TRAI. The TRAI has said they do not have the powers to create, therefore, it has now been proposed to give them powers to create an ombudsman mechanism. The idea is they can have one ombudsman per TSP, or one ombudsman per region or as many ombudsman as they feel are necessary. This will bring in much better and more satisfactory grievance redressal into the telecom sector. This will be done in priority basis. It will require amendment of TRAI Act,” she added.

Among different vital choices, the panel additionally authorised the choice on Internet telephony. “It will be operationalising it immediately. We expect that this will give a fillip to VoIP telephony through the data networks,” the telecom secretary stated.

It additionally authorised 12 main suggestions of TRAI on ease of doing enterprise.

She stated proliferation of broadband via public Wi-Fi community, has additionally been accepted. 

“Except that we have asked TRAI to work out an operational framework and all the members of the Telecom Commission felt that this is an extremely important recommendation because it will give a big fillip to the growth of public Wi-Fi hotspots in India and will create a new category of service providers through the public data office aggregators (PDOA),” Sundararajan stated.

“The PDOs will be a significant job creation opportunity because right now we do not have many Wi-Fi hotspots and the idea is to proliferate this in a very large scale. So this was seen as a huge catalyst in that direction. We will be working with TRAI to operationalise it with immediate effect,” she added.

The panel additionally authorised two gadgets associated to Universal Service Obligation Fund and eight state detailed undertaking stories on BharatNet undertaking have been authorised.

“The setting up of the Ombudsman for the Telecom sector is a great milestone but how it will be implemented is a big challenge considering 100 crores plus users. The approval for Ease of Doing Business too reflect the DoT’s strong resolve the revolutionize and streamline the Telecommunication services in India. However data pricing through Wi-Fi is likely to reduce tariffs but the good news that the Wi-Fi will be chargeable can be very good opportunity to increase revenues,” stated Hemant Joshi, Partner Deloitte India.

Adapted From: Gadgets360

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