Government bans SMS services in J&K

DoT directive to mobile service providers in J&K


Samir Sachdeva | April 16, 2010

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued directives to 12 unified access services (UAS) and cellular mobile telephone service (CMTS) licensees providing service in Jammu & Kashmir service area on short message system (SMS) management.

As per the directive the service providers will immediately stop schemes offering free SMS service, withdraw SMS services to post-paid subscribers and impose a limit of 10 SMS per day in case of pre-paid subscribers.

The directive adds that the SMS messages originated outside J&K service area in India and from the networks of ILD operators should not be delivered to mobile subscribers in J&K service area.

The DoT directive also proposes to stop all bulk SMS facility and voice-call facility to telemarketers.

The directive will come into effect from 2400 hours on April 16, 2010 and is applicable to all twelve service providers - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., Bharti Airtel Limited, Dishnet Wireless Ltd., Reliance Communications Ltd., Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd., Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Idea Cellular Ltd., Loop Telecom Pvt. Ltd., S Tel Pvt. Ltd., Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd., Tata Teleservices Ltd. and Unitech Wireless (North) Pvt. Ltd.




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