While telecom operators are betting big on 4G services, Mumbai Police has a caveat. According to a report in Economic Times, the police department of the country’s financial capital has written to the Maharashtra government and to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) expressing reservations over the roll out of the 4G service without putting in adequate safeguards in place.
Mumbai Police has expressed concern over the misuse of 4G services by terrorists and other criminal elements. In the letter written in November, the police has reportedly expressed its reservations to the rollout unless telecom companies incorporate a system in place that would enable the police to listen in or track the user.
“While Telecom companies have begun rolling out 4G services, the parameters for regulation have not been fixed,” a top Mumbai police official told ET on the condition of anonymity. The official added, “Currently, the 4G network could be misused by underworld elements and terrorists; we want the service providers to provide in built systems to ensure that our work in catching criminals is not hampered.”
In the letter, the police have listed the measures that telecom companies need to install systems to address policing concerns. The official, however, refused to disclose the safeguards suggeted in the letter.