Govt proposes regional telecom regulation system for Saarc

  • M Rajendran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2014 01:30 IST

The Indian government is likely to propose setting up of a regional regulatory system for the eight SAARC countries to manage the cross border spillage of mobile signals.

The system will be established in hub-and-spoke model similar to SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk (STOMD) and SAARC Drug Offences Monitoring Desk (SDOMD), both of which are situated in Colombo.

“We would be revisiting a concept paper floated in 2009,” a highly placed source in communications ministry said.

At present, there is no mechanism, regional or bilateral, to address the issue of mobile signals spilling over the border. “The problem is being addressed in an ad-hoc manner through our high-commissions in SAARC member states. The issue can be addressed politically and technical solutions can flow from it. Hence we plan to make this proposal soon,” said the source in telecom ministry.

A number of issues related to this are currently pending with various security agencies and ministry of external affairs, ministry of defence and telecommunications engineering centre.

Once the inputs from all the agencies are received, the government will frame a draft and circulate it to the SAARC member states.

“Technical solutions like installing jammers or managing the network for controlling signals and spectrum bands can be done based on discussion and collaboration and cooperation of member states,” a source said.

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