New Delhi, India: The Telecom Ministry has asked operators to submit status reports on offering location-based service (LBS) of mobile users by November this year, as part of revised network security guidelines.
The ministry had amended the telecom licences in May this year to ask operators to provide location details of mobile customers in the licensed service area within a prescribed time-frame with certain degree of accuracy.
According to sources, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has written to operators to submit half-yearly status report on whether the service providers have upgraded their networks to ensure that subscribers’ location details are available in the call data record (CDR).
The ministry has set October 7 as a fresh deadline for mobile operators to comply with the network security-related rules which were announced in May. Operators will also have to ensure that important management places, like chief technical officer, chief information security officer or nodal executives responsible for call interception and monitoring, are held by Indian nationals by April 1, 2012.
Further, telcom companies also need to file a status report on security audits conducted on their networks by November 30. Such reports will have to certify that a mobile network is safe and free of bugs and malware.
The new rules also mandate that companies keep the telecom department informed about all software updates and changes transpiring at the network level. Under the compliance format, a telco needs to inform the licencer within 15 days of completion of such software updates and furnish a compliance certificate on the first day of each fiscal for the previous financial year.
Source: Zee News