With 4G LTE services being rolled out across India is no doubt great news for consumers, but with it come security concerns as well. The Mumbai Police for one have expressed their concerns about 4G roll out in the city without adequate safeguards in place . Also Read - Euro 2020 livestream: How to watch UEFA Euro 2020 matches online for freeAlso Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
The Mumbai Police are concerned that the faster 4G network may be misused by miscreants from the underworld or even the terrorists. They have written a letter to the Maharashtra government, as well as the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) expressing their reservations, ET reports. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
In the letter, the Mumbai Police has listed various steps that should be taken by telecom companies to prevent the networks from being misused. They seem especially concerned about the use of OTT services like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp among others. While the content of the letter is under the wraps, one of the requests was for the Police to have the ability to track users and also listen on their conversations. They have asked to stall the 4G roll out in the state unless their safeguards are in place.
While Telecom companies have begun rolling out 4G services, the parameters for regulation have not been fixed, a Mumbai Police official told the publication. 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.
Currently only Airtel provides 4G services in Maharashtra, but is soon going to be joined by Vodafone. The network operator has started its 4G roll out with Kochi being the first city to get the high-speed network.
They are soon going to be joined by Reliance Jio, which is expected to start commercial roll out in the second quarter of 2016. Experts believe that with the rise of low-cost 4G-capable smartphones, and Jio entry into space, 4G could soon become common among the masses.