DoT lifts restrictions on mobile network connectivity near borders: Details

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Tuesday announced that it has lifted restrictions on telecom operators offering connectivity near international border areas. The license norms previously stated that operators would have to “faded” their network signal across the country past the international border, which would require the installation of specialized equipment. The revised norms also include removal of safety conditions allowing surprise inspections on operators in those areas.

In a move that could improve connectivity in places near the border, the DoT on Tuesday announced In a circular that it was revising the license norms to remove restrictions on telecom connectivity near international border areas.

Previously, security terms under the Unified License Agreement stated that telecommunications operators were to ensure that base stations, cell sites, or radio transmitters provided connectivity and mobile telephone services as far from borders as possible.

At the same time operators were first required to ensure – using technical infrastructure – that the radio signal had “faded” when it was approaching, or about to cross an international border.

The circular also removed clauses relating to sudden investigations by the Department of Telecommunications, or the Army and security agencies, to ensure compliance with the now removed security conditions, which include stringent action for violation of norms, including financial penalties.

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