At least 80 high-end Google Pixel customised phones with Reliance Jio SIMs have been given to top bureaucrats on a trial basis to ensure secure communication among them, according to a person in the IT ministry. The home ministry had drawn up a list of 100 officials from multiple ministries for the purpose, and 80 of these Google Pixel phones have been handed out so far, the person aware of the matter said. The rest 20 units are in the pipeline, he added. The project is at a pilot stage and the sample distribution is for measuring the performance and security of the device. Also Read - Jio Freedom Plans 2021: Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit - check detailsAlso Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
The Google Pixel phones were found to be compliant with the specifications given by the home ministry, and the customisation of the 4G phones was undertaken by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL). ALSO READ: Reliance Jio tops TRAI s average monthly speed test chart for July
A home ministry official said that while the handset and the telecom service provider are important elements of security, the critical aspect is the application on which the communication both voice and data is based. If that and the application server are secured, encrypted and appropriately certified, the security issues can be broadly addressed, the official said.