DoT asks BSNL and MTNL to stop 3G Services, Auction date Updates..

Citing security concerns from Intelligence Bureau, DoT has asked BSNL and MTNL to stop 3G services till call monitoring services are made available to the intelligence agencies.

As per agreement between IB and DoT, for call interception the necessary equipments should be made available to the agency by the concerned telecom service providers with the cost being borne by the security agency. – source

Auction Date

BSNL is planning 3G launch in 700 cities and as far as private operators are concerned, the wait is still not over. Govt. has setup GoM (Group of Ministers) to decide on the issue of pricing of 3G spectrum auction and the number of players to be allowed in a circle (source).

If the auction date slides further, do not expect 3G auction to happen under current government – and that means, super delay of atleast 6 more months.

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