International Gsm Operators Invade Indian Airspace

Recently I had a visit to my relative’s house which is 2-3 kilometers away from India-Bangladesh International border.

I manually searched the mobile networks available at that area and found 4 GSM signals which are not of Indian operators, but of Bangladeshi operators – Grameenphone, Airtel BD, Bangla Link and Bangladesh Robi (BGD Robi).

International Gsm Operators Invade Indian Airspace

This would seriously pose a severe security threat as one can make calls with Bangladeshi operators’ SIM sitting on Indian soil, these calls can be untraceable by both Indian operators as well as Indian Regulatory authorities (if international SIM cards are used).

So now the question remains: are the signals usable / unusable? TT invites its users who reside near International border areas (Bangaldesh, Pakistan, Tibet & China) to share their findings and views with 1st hand feedback from near the border!

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sana
sana
April 12, 2014 7:39 pm 7:39 PM

i converted my prepaid Airtel number to postpaid and it got converted on 13 march 2014 and tele verification was done successfully.After a 14day usage of postpaid number my out going call barring on 29 march 2014. and i am secuirity depeposit 250 ruppees(company name Datasys E- Services Privat…

Joyanta
Joyanta
December 21, 2011 5:23 pm 5:23 PM

Electromagnetic waves cannot be controlled to cross the border or geographical territory. A weird incident happened with me regarding this signal coverage. I was in UK. I was going to Switzerland via flight. When I was crossing the Germany air space during the flight, I got a sms saying “Welcome to Vodafone Germany…” I was using the UK Vodafone connection…Now what will you say against this?? 😀

Sougata Dhar Chowdhury
Sougata Dhar Chowdhury
December 13, 2011 6:33 pm 6:33 PM

This phenomenon is not new. I’ve called a number of times to one of my students who is Bangladeshi and resides in Rajshahi. He used to be a student of Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan and used to use a BSNL connection on his mobile. When he used to visit his native place at Rajshahi, we could easily talk as BSNL signal from Maldah District used to be available at Rajshahi.
Also, at many places along the border, Bangladeshi SIMs are available at a premium and many people use them illegally in India to talk to Bangladeshi subscribers.
ISD calling at local rates…

AP
AP
December 12, 2011 9:24 pm 9:24 PM
@Arif Since when has 900-1800 Mhz been propagated by the ionosphere in any usable manner? If this was possible, we would not need mobile phone towers. Or been able to reuse frequencies at the scale that mobile networks allow us to. If you are able to receive a tower a long way off, it is only because the tower is in line of sight, and is transmitting sufficient energy to reach your device. I am sure how many here know this, but your phone usually gets signals from atleast 3-4 towers of your operator in any city. This is not… Read more »
Jiten
Jiten
December 12, 2011 9:15 pm 9:15 PM
Sudhakar :To Jiten :Talk with common sense. I am not talking favour of any operator. I am coming to say is that no one can avoid the overlapping of network signals in border areas (in both national and international). So think well before blaming on the networks. Tata docomo has intra and intercircle agreement with Aircel which allows us to make calls using Aircel network at no extra cost. What do you say for this?. Illegal?. Are you fine? You suggested to me that I need to set my network setting in Manual mode whenever I am in Own LSA,… Read more »
Jiten
Jiten
December 12, 2011 9:10 pm 9:10 PM

Kunal :@jiten Its true, whenever i go to matheran, in many outskirts my phone shifts to dolphin from cellone. Can u believe that??? And the cell info display shows brahmand ghodbunder !!! But i was rather happy to be on home network even wen in matheran !!!!

Yes Kunal almost MTNL Users found the MTNL Mumbai dolphin network signal in Matheran. Thanks for the information Kunal.

Jiten
Jiten
December 12, 2011 9:03 pm 9:03 PM
Sudhakar :To Jiten :Talk with common sense. I am not talking favour of any operator. I am coming to say is that no one can avoid the overlapping of network signals in border areas (in both national and international). So think well before blaming on the networks. Tata docomo has intra and intercircle agreement with Aircel which allows us to make calls using Aircel network at no extra cost. What do you say for this?. Illegal?. Again you are start talking senseless, Are you ever visited to Mumbai? Even Thane Ghodbunder road? If not then don’t speak like idiots, Rread… Read more »
Sudhakar
Sudhakar
December 12, 2011 7:34 pm 7:34 PM

Ganesh :
Well said.

Ganesh
Ganesh
December 12, 2011 4:06 pm 4:06 PM

And we don’t need a security agency or a super duper device to tap on GSM (2G) signals. 2G GSM encryption has been cracked and there are device makers in Indore who make devices which can listen to any gsm device within a short range and read smses as well!

Ganesh
Ganesh
December 12, 2011 4:02 pm 4:02 PM

Oh damn! In borders, the signals from other countries will reach to the neighboring country. That’s what RF waves do. We can’t do anything about it. I bet there is even an agreement between tower companies who provide signals near the border of two countries so that they don’t interfere with each other.

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