DoT asks private cellcos to stop offering non-voice 3G services

22 Dec 2010

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked Tata DoCoMo and Reliance Communications to stop offering non-voice 3G services. The plans of Bharti Airtel and other cellcos who had hoped to launch 3G in the upcoming weeks have also been thrown into doubt. The move comes in the wake of complaints from intelligence agencies that video calls cannot be monitored live. The cellcos have been given seven days to respond. It is not clear at this stage why state-owned operators BSNL and MTNL, which launched 3G including video calling in 2008, remain exempt from the DoT’s order.