Vodafone offers security solutions for J&K, DoT rejects
The solution that Vodafone offered in order to monitor the activities related to the mobile internet in Jammu and Kashmir has been rejected by the Department of Telecom, the reason being its inability to meet the requirements of the government regarding the tracking of net usage. According to the department of telecommunications, the solution that Vodafone submitted was not in tune with what the DoT required.
An installation of monitoring equipment is required by the telecom operators. This will help the security agencies to track all kinds of internet activities that take place in Jammu and Kashmir. Vodafone refrained from commenting in this regard.
The government has asked the operators to get the necessary equipments commissioned, latest by the 15th of July 2012, in order to monitor the internet communications based on real-time. It is the lack of proper monitoring that has been bothering the intelligence officials.
The solutions for monitoring activities related to the internet have been submitted to DoT by all the private telecom companies that operate in the state. Idea says to have complied and has provided the facility in Mumbai via the internet node, and on the other hand,
It has claimed by the Tata Teleservices that two servers have been installed by them in Jammu.
Vodafone has apparently agreed as well to the idea of making internet-tapping facility available in Jammu and Kashmir through the three internet nodes it has in Gurgaon, Mumbai, and Chennai respectively.
DoT, however has denied the utility of the suggestion provided by Vodafone with respect to the requirements.
Sources say certain actions might be taken against Vodafone and Aircel due to their non-compliance, while DoT has forwarded the solutions that Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, Bharti Airtel, and Reliance Communications have offered.