When it comes to National Security, Indian Government has been quite stern on putting down rules and regulations. Things like Mobile phones with no IMEI numbers are now thing of past due to this.
Even a company like RIM [Blackberry Makers] had to bow down to demands of Indian Government on opening up their messenger services. Indian security agencies wanted to gain access and intercept any message / conversation of any subscriber whenever required !!
Now, with Telecom Operators launching 3G services, government wants to ensure that it has absolute control over the services offered to ensure that anti-social elements do not take advantage of it.
Infact, Security Agencies have gone ahead and asked Telecom Operators to shut down 3G services as they are unable to track the data flowing through their Network. Tata Docomo and Reliance Communication have already started offering 3G services in some parts of the country .
This is a serious blow to Telecom Operators who have spent thousands of crore rupees to gain 3G spectrum and invested in setting up infrastructure to offer these services.
Although, the notice has already been issued to this effect by DoT, 3G providers have not yet gone ahead and shut down the services. The 2 operators however have agreed only partially by keeping out video calling services as law enforcement agencies cannot intercept video calls in real time, which can become a grave security threat.
Stopping Video calling services will have far more impact on Bharti Airtel who have have been advertising this feature feverishly over past couple of weeks [Remember, the TV commercial where Boy meets girl again and again..]
It is going to be interesting to watch how Telecom Operators as well as DoT are going to handle this issue. On one hand there are huge investments made by Operators and on the other hand, it is a situation of national security. Getting a solution to this cannot happen in short time and Telecom Operators can’t afford wait for long otherwise their business will be in jeopardy.
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