Manmohan Singh asks cooperation of telecos to fight terror

December 11th, 2008 - 7:48 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said an effective cooperation was needed between security agencies and the telecom industry to combat terror attacks.
Inaugurating the India Telecom 2008 conference, here, Dr. Singh that it is very important that there should be effective cooperation and coordination between the agencies whose responsibility is to safeguard the security of the country and producers, all actors in the industry of technology.
Pointing out to the misuse of SIM cards in the recent Mumbai attacks, Dr. Singh said that technology is falling in wrong hands and that militants are increasingly making use of technological advancement.
“What happened in Mumbai, I discovered that modern technologies can also be very powerful instruments in the hands of anti-social elements like terrorists. How they could make use of these advanced technologies so It is very important that there should be effective cooperation and coordination between the agencies whose responsibly it is to safeguard the security of the country and the producers and all those who are in the industry,” he added.
Dr Singh said though modern technology is a powerful tool, it still can be a threat if it falls in the hands of anti-social elements and terrorists.
The telecom industry currently provides real-time support through legal intercepts and monitoring mechanism.
Announcing the launch of ”Jaadu (magic)”, MTNL’’s third generation mobile service, Dr. Singh said that 3G and broadband wireless access would give a fillip to the mobile broadband penetration in India.
“Customers in Delhi will be able to get the benefit of faster 3G services for wires, data and video which are being launched by MTNL today. I believe that 3G and broadband wireless access will give fillip to mobile broadband penetration,” he added.
India has set a reserve price of 20.20 billion rupees for spectrum covering all of India, but bids are expected at much higher levels.
Central government had initially proposed a 3G spectrum fee of one percent of revenue, but revised that plan in November.
The spectrum fee will be in addition to an administrative charge of two percent of the highest bid for the spectrum.
According to reports, India will have close to 700 million telecom users by 2012. (ANI)

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