India’s in-flight-WiFi regulations: ISRO wins, TRAI and foreign satellite operators take a hit

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has apparently won the latest battle over opening India’s telecom market by assuring that it will retain its gatekeeper role in new regulations on satellite-based in-flight connectivity, industry officials said.

India’s Telecom Commission on May 1 adopted recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which called for allowing in-flight WiFi in Indian airspace.

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the new regulations could be in place within a few months. But she . . .

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