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Home Ministry seeks ways to ease telecom curbs on N-E

The Access Services Cell in DoT has prepared a note that would be soon placed before the Telecom Commission before it is sent to MHA, reports M Rajendran.

business Updated: Jul 09, 2007 21:28 IST
M Rajendran

The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to recommend ways to ease security restrictions imposed on the issue of mobile phone connections in the North-East.

As part of the efforts to develop telecommunications and mobile telephony in the interior areas of North-East, the home ministry wants to review the stringent measures imposed on the issue of connections. The Access Services Cell in DoT has prepared a note that would be soon placed before the Telecom Commission before it is sent to MHA.

Due to security-related apprehensions special subscriber verification procedures for pre-paid mobile connections have been introduced in Assam, other north-easern states and Jammu and Kashmir. Pre-paid mobile subscribers of these services areas are not allowed to enjoy roaming facilities outside their service areas.

Demands to allow roaming facilities to pre-paid mobile connections in the North-East and Assam have turned shrill over the past few months.

Currently, mobile services within a no service zone of 500 metres along international border are not permitted. Service providers are also not allowed to install base stations/cell sites within 10 kilometres of the Line of Control and some sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.

A DoT notification issued last March said that there shall be a “No Service Zone” of 500 metres along the International Border for wireless/ mobile services.

In order to keep a check on the operators, DoT or its representatives including security agencies were authorized to carry out surprise checks to ensure compliance of the above conditions.

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