Editorial: No In­for­ma­tion, No Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

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to small ra­dial cov­er­age, thus may not be fi­nan­cially vi­able.

In my opinion, with the present sit­u­a­tion, 3G can only give more through­put for voice ser­vices as be­ing more spec­tral-ef­fi­cient.

Let us hope 700 MHZ, which is rec­om­mended by ITU in ‘Re­gion 3’ for IMTS, is spared in In­dia and used for data ser­vices. Re­ally, it was un­for­tu­nate that SPS have paid hefty sums for 3G spec­trum. How will they reap the ben­e­fits?

ad­vi­sor, Video­con Tele­com and VP, ITU, APT Foun­da­tion of In­dia via Email This is with ref­er­ence to the editorial ‘No In­for­ma­tion, No Com­mu­ni­ca­tion’ ( VOICE&DATA, De­cem­ber 2011). I am quite de­lighted with the con­tents of your editorial that hits the nail on the head. I have fre­quently pointed out the dan­gers of us­ing for­eign-hosted email IDS by the In­dian govern­ment of­fi­cers, viz. IAF of­fi­cers and, at one stage, National Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Of­fi­cers! Some of the dan­gers are as fol­lows:

Most of our govern­ment of­fi­cers do not have a na­tion­ally hosted email ID (leave aside carry a vis­it­ing card with their con­tact de­tails). Con­se­quently, they end up with email IDS hosted over­seas. If you scan some of the govern­ment web­sites, you would come across very se­nior of­fi­cers in se­nior po­si­tion flaunt­ing Ya­hoo!, Hot­mail, and Gmail IDS, thus com­pro­mis­ing on the na­tion’s se­cu­rity. Look up DOT con­nected with In­dian Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Their site lists the MOC with a Ya­hoo! and Hot­mail ID, his PS with a Gmail; MOS uses Gmail, and his PS uses Hot­mail; Wire­less ad­viser is on Gmail and to top it DDG (se­cu­rity) is on Hot­mail—god save the coun­try from these modern ‘Jai Chands’. Why does the govern­ment not as­sign ev­ery of­fi­cer with a nic­net ID for the du­ra­tion of his ten­ure and clearly pro­hibit the use of pri­vate email IDS for of­fice com­mu­ni­ca­tions?

Those of­fi­cers who have their email IDS as­signed to them, rarely see their emails and less rarely, write them on their own de­spite hav­ing a com­puter sys­tem.

Re­cently, dur­ing a net­work­ing din­ner at In­dia Tele­com Show at IHC, when asked by an Amer­i­can for a vis­it­ing card, a very se­nior BSNL of­fi­cer was found hunt­ing around for a pen and pa­per for writ­ing his con­tact de­tails.

Most em­ploy­ees with pri­vate mo­bile op­er­a­tors (who all promptly get their email IDS and oc­ca­sion­ally vis­it­ing cards) also seem to miss­ing on the re­quired eti­quette of promptly ac­knowl­edg­ing re­ceipt of emails.

Where scams are emerg­ing through ev­ery crevice of our work­ing, what will the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies/au­di­tors find as a trail if the email com­mu­ni­ca­tions are hosted at over­seas web­sites? Or, is this our rea­son for hold­ing over­seas email IDS for of­fi­cial use?

The above at­ti­tude re­flects a ‘chalta hai’ ap­proach to our work, which is not healthy when the world is quickly get­ting con­nected.

pres­i­dent, Span Tele­com via Email

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