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Bangladesh to check spillover of mobile services into India

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Jan 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Staff Correspondent

Shillong, January 13: While Indian mobile service providers have failed to cover the bordering villages along the Meghalaya stretch of the Indo–Bangladesh border, the government wants the Bangladesh mobile service providers to prevent the spillover of the sigls into Indian space. This was made known by the official Indian delegation at the bilateral conference held in Shillong. The Indian delegation expressed concern over the penetration of Bangladesh mobile phone sigls inside the Indian territory.

The concern is notwithstanding the little that the BSNL has done to either jam the Bangladesh sigls or to reach to these unreached areas along the borders. In many of the bordering areas, the Indian population is using Bangladesh mobile services provided by Grameene phone, Nitel and Go Bangladesh. SIM cards are easily available but the cost of talk time is high, especially when they have to talk to their relatives and friends holding a cellular phone with an Indian network.

The Indian delegation appealed to the Bangladesh representatives to take up the issue with the network providers. The Indian delegation wanted the Bangladesh mobile service providers to reduce the strength of the sigls and to change the focus of the towers in order to prevent its spill over to Indian soil.

The Bangladesh team agreed to take up with the cellular phone service providers. However, even if the communication network available from a foreign country is blocked, will our own state and private companies venture into these places? That remains to be seen.

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