TechnologyJio, Airtel, Vi request the government to ban these foreign websites

Jio, Airtel, Vi request the government to ban these foreign websites

Telecom industry body COAI has reportedly appealed to the government to end the rising cases of theft of telecom devices. The organization wants the government to ban some popular e-commerce websites where stolen equipment is suspected to be sold. Let us tell you that Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) includes operators like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi) as members.

According to TOI, COAI has written a letter to Telecom Secretary Neeraj Mittal, urging him to put a stop to theft of telecom equipment. The organization has also requested to ban some external websites, in which it is said that these equipments are being sold. COAI says that these thefts are causing loss not only to the companies but also to the customers. The report says that in their letter, the telecom companies said that they are facing huge losses and expenses in reinstalling the equipment at the affected locations.

The organization has also urged the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to immediately block some foreign websites, including big names like eBay, Alibaba, Seeker816, dorfatrade and Telefly. The letter reportedly claims that these websites are selling active devices that are suspected to be stolen from the networks of Jio, Airtel and Vi. In its letter, COAI wrote, “It is important that these websites are blocked immediately.”

According to COAI, the main devices among the stolen equipment are RRU (Remote Radio Unit) and BBU (Baseband Unit). Not only this, the report further states that COAI through its letter has also asked DoT for police protection to the states for the security of telecom infrastructure.

The highest number of theft incidents have been reported from Delhi NCR, Assam, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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