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Advisory on unauthorized satellite telephone services

Posted on: May 23, 2017 | Back | Print

Satellite telephone services are not permitted in India. However, unauthorized handsets of Thuraya, Irridium and other such satellite operators have been found in use since it is possible for individuals to avail satellite telephone services unauthorizedly in the country because satellite foot prints of Thuraya, Inmarsat, Irridium etc. are available in India. Tata Communications Limited is permitted to provide Inmarsat services in India which is being done through their Land Earth Station (LES) at Dighi (Pune) after a no objection certificate is issued by DOT on a case to case basis. Satellite telephony through Thuraya sets is unauthorized. The unauthorized use of such sets has serious security implications. Therefore, whenever Thuraya sets are detected to be in use they should be seized and the holder can be prosecuted under Section 6 of India Wireless Act and Section 20 of Indian Telegraph Act. Under the law people including tourists found to be making unauthorized use of satellite telephone services will be prosecuted and all the sets found in possession of any individual will be seized.