FPJ BUSINESS DESK Mumbai The government made it mandatory for operators to introduce Location Based Service, which may cost service providers about USD 5 billion to upgrade their networks that may prompt them t
o hike tariffs, as one of the steps to enhance security against misuse.
Location Based Service ( LBS) provides details of mobile customers in the area in which the subscriber is using the phone.
The timeframe for introducing the service ranges from 1- 3 years depending upon the service area.
Location based services are basically services built on knowing where you are and knowing whatalt146s around you.
The Telecom Ministry amended the licences and has asked operators to appoint only Indian nationals for maintaining networks and said any security breach would lead to Rs 50 crore penalty besides initiation of criminal proceedings.
" The licencees shall employ only resident, trained Indian nationals as Chief Technical Officers ( CTOs), Chief Information Security Officer, Nodal executives for handling interception and monitoring cases and incharge of softswitch, central data base and system administrator," the amendment said.
It said that a penalty of up to Rs 50 crore will be levied for any security breach which has been caused due to inadvertent inadequacy in precaution on the part of licensee prescribed under this amendment.
According to preliminary estimates, introduction of LBS may cost up to USD 5 billion ( over Rs 20,000 crore) to Indian operators.
" The govenment should subsidise services or reduce the taxation burden as operators are already facing huge costs on network expansion both in existing 2G and also on 3G operations," COAI Director General R S Mathews told PTI while commenting on LBS. It has asked the operators to ensure that all the documentation, including software details are obtained from manufacturer/ vendor/ supplier of equipment in English language.
This has been opposed by foreign vendors.
In case of inadequate measures prescribed under this amendment, act of intentional omissions, deliberate vulnerability left into the equipment or in case of deliberate attempt for a security breach, penalty will be Rs 50 crore per breach. The Licensee shall deposit the penalty amount with the Licensor within 30 days of the issue of notice.
The Licensees shall be completely and totally responsible for security of their network and they shall have organisational policy on security and security management of their networks.
The operators shall create facilities for monitoring all intrusions, attacks and frauds and report the same to the Licensor.
Telcos may have to spend $ 5bn to upgrade their networks, forcing them to also hike tariffs
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