外文标题：Worry for India as Chinese mobile signals hold sway in North East
NEW DELHI: A top Union Home Ministry official was in for a surprise on a trip to the remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh when he could not use his mobile phone as it picked up signals only of Chinese telecom firms on the other side of the border.
The Joint Secretary-rank officer says that to his dismay, he found he could not make any calls through the available Indian networks in the area which is in the northeastern part of the country.
The officer wrote a three-page letter to the Secretary of the Department of Telecom, saying he "had personal experience of getting Chinese signal in Arunachal Pradesh but was unable to make use of any Indian facilities to make mobile calls".
The note alleged that private telecom operators had not installed telecom towers in the rural areas of the Northeast and also claimed that some companies, under the "influence" of Chinese telecom firms, did not want such facilities to be ever set up, particularly along the India-China border.
There "seems to be a nefarious design of the outsiders who seem to be influencing Indian decision-making in order to keep the vulnerable areas vulnerable forever," the letter said.
The note claimed that certain private telecom companies have taken DoT for a ride "by not commissioning thousands of towers" in rural areas and alleged that subsidies have been extended without any physical verification on the ground.
"Since Northeastern India is a sensitive border zone, the government should decide to have full control over networks and that can only be ensured by nominating a government PSU to execute the task of rolling out new networks," the note said.
It reasoned that this would also make the task of security agencies easier as they have time and again warned that in border areas, security of imported equipment can be compromised with "disastrous consequences".
The Telecom Commission, which met last month, has approved investment of about Rs 5,000 crore to augment telecom connectivity in the northeast and the proposal has been sent to the Union Cabinet for its approval.
Nothing New.. In J&K.. When you are in areas like kathua, Samba, Hiranagar..just try to search networks, you will be surprised to see pakistani telecom companies sigals..Telenor, Instafone, Vodafone(pak) in your list. I remember once a co-traveller was happily showing that he's on Vodafone (pak) network in roaming..when i asked him to switch back to India network and inform this to police and vodafone India customer care since he might be hunted by Intelligence for being in PAK (roaming) without passport.
Jasmin Rupani (Kolkata)
This clearly indicates that Chinese investment in India is an idea whose time has not come yet.
Venkat Rao (Unknown)
Its a danger for our security.
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Krishnasamy Keerthevasan (Thuraiyur, TN)
One way it is lack of providing the coverage and on the other way allowing direct signals across the boarder - too danger
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hemkant beedkar (Pune) replies to Krishnasamy Keerthevasan
But it is too dangerous that Indian companies are not thinking for their customers in this region, and for the country also.
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Sunil (India) replies to hemkant beedkar
Say thanks to Reliance...almost all companies in India operate on their network..Implemented by ZTE and Huawei (these companies are banned in US for stealing US data and allowing hackers easy access)
hemkant beedkar (Pune) replies to Sunil
peoples are raising voices now against Reliance-Jio, as it is going to provide service at a very lost cost.