Indian Operators Protest Against $5 Billion for Security Upgrades
mobile networks have responded to the recent regulatory changes by saying that
the government should step into help fund the estimated US$5 billion cost of
national security, the government imposed import restrictions on telecoms
equipment and will require the networks to support location based services for
we recognise that this is a matter of national security, the Government should
also help us in balancing out the costs involved in implementing it. We have
suggested a number of things, including reducing the USO contribution from 5
per cent at present to 1 per cent, or reducing some of the levies. This will
enable us to reinvest the money into upgrading our network," Mr Rajan S.
Mathews, Director-General, COAI, told Business Line.
regulations also require the network operators to install facilities to monitor
their networks for hacking attempts by foreign spy agencies - within 12 months.
The operators also face the prospect of fines if they are broken into, which
creates a conflict between the requirement to report the attack, and the
financial penalty arising from that report.
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