Asim Abbas

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Partner in the Technology, Media and Telecom Practice at the Delhi Office of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Asim has over 22 years of experience in the Telecommunication sector, including as a policy maker in Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communications, Government of India. He was also involved in important policy formulation like the terms and conditions of various license agreement, interconnection agreement etc. and interactions with the Telecom Regulator on important policy matters. Asim has been ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017 as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ for Technology, Media & Telecom. He can be reached at asim.abbas@cyrilshroff.com

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In the initial years of wireless telephony in India, radio spectrum was administratively allotted to licensees. However, following the recommendations of the National Telecom Policy, 2012, and the decision of the Apex Court in the case of Centre for Public Interest Litigation v. Union of India,[1] the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) de-bundled spectrum allotment from the grant of licenses, and adopted an auction-based price-discovery mechanism for spectrum allotment. Scarce radio spectrum resources have typically been…
Most frequent fliers would have been familiar with the requirement to power off personal electronic devices (PEDs) for the duration of domestic flights. It was not until 2014, that Indian fliers were permitted to operate mobile phones and other PEDs on “flight mode” (in non-transmitting mode). The rationale for this restriction, as explained by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), is that radio transmitters in most communications devices may, and have in the past,…