Border area blues for 3G telecom customers

  • M Rajendran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2014 01:43 IST

Users of 3G services offered by telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone and Aircel around the India-Pakistan border may continue to face issues following electromagnetic interference from radio-waves emitted by Pakistan’s army and telecom operators.

“…the source of severe interference experienced by Indian 3G operators is due to the presence of interference emanating from Pakistan’s territory,” stated a letter sent by wireless monitoring group (WMO) to the communications ministry.

“The issues has been in discussion but it has not yet been resolved, thus disturbance in voice and data services will continue,” said a source in the communications ministry.

“Customers roaming on 3G network around 500-1,000 metres of the border areas have issues with making and receiving calls and face non-availability of data. Also, most of these places are tourist attractions,” said a source in department of telecommunications, who is discussing the issue with ministry of external affair and defence ministry.

The states where border areas are worst-affected include Gujarat (Vodafone), Punjab (Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communication), Jammu and Kashmir(Bharti Airtel, Dishnet Wireless and Rel Comm).

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