MHA clears C`Wealth nations bringing sat phones for Games

The Union Home Ministry has given clearance to participating countries to bring satellite phones to India during the forthcoming Commonwealth Games to be held here only after submitting relevant details.

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has given
clearance to participating countries to bring satellite phones
to India during the forthcoming Commonwealth Games to be
held here only after submitting relevant details.

The Department of Telcom (DoT) has been asked to issue
licenses to the visiting teams or country representatives only
after furnishing the International Mobile Equipment Identity
numbers and the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), official
sources said today.

The countries, which bring satellite phones, will also
have to produce the phone at the immigration counter while
returning.

DoT has been made a nodal agency to monitor satellite
phones and report to security agencies all details about the
instrument.

The Army and the National Technical Research Organisation
(NTRO) keep monitor signals of satellite phones.

The participating countries bringing sat phones will
have to submit a request for a No Objection Certificate (NOC)
for use of instruments and radio frequency spectrum uses for
such phone from DoT.

The DoT, after passing on the information to security
agencies, will be provided the permission in consultations
with the Army and the NTRO.

Satellite phones are not allowed into India without
permission as terrorists use them for communicating with each
other.

Thuriya sat phone, manufactured by a Gulf-based company,
is quite common among terrorist groups because of it being
user-friendly.

PTI

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