Security Concerns Block 3G Services from BSNL, MTNL

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have been asked to stop their third generation (3G) services till the security agencies put in place suitable monitoring system to track traffic on their network.

The step has come about in the wake of Intelligence Bureau (IB) informing the Department of Telecom (DoT) that BSNL has not provided for monitoring of video calls. And IB is of the view that till such facility is not made available by the service providers, the various services should not be offered to the subscribers. Therefore, MTNL and BSNL may not provide such services to subscribers till such monitoring is not available.