DoT asks Idea, Vodafone to provide info on mobile Internet users

The security agencies have long been asking the operators to set up a system which allows identification of individual user based on the information of IP address, date and time

New Delhi: The Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked telecom operators Idea Cellular and Vodafone to provide to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) identification of subscribers using Internet on their mobile phones, reports PTI.

DoT officials said instructions have been issued to Idea and Vodafone to provide the requisite information to the IB at the earliest.

The security agency had sought details of some mobile numbers by providing the corresponding IP addresses to Vodafone but the telecom operator failed to respond.

DoT has also instructed other operators to put in place a suitable mechanism that would allow the security agencies to uniquely identify the individual user based on the information provided by them.

The security agencies have long been asking the operators to set up a system which allows identification of individual user based on the information of IP address, date and time.

The IB had earlier also raised objections regarding the practice of mobile operators using network address translation (NAT) device wherein a single IP address is used for many connections, they said.

The IB had said that in the absence of user-identifying logging mechanism at the NAT, despite IP address, date and time stamps, service providers are unable to pinpoint the exact target of a particular communication over the Internet.

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ABB India’s annual revenues up 17%

ABB India’s board of directors recommended a dividend of Rs3 per share

ABB India achieved revenue of Rs7,370 crore in 2011 against Rs6,287 crore in the previous year, an increase of 17%. It developed various products and solutions for the Indian market aimed at improving grid reliability and energy efficiency. It intensified measures to improve both customer engagement and internal operational efficiencies.

“ABB in India is back on the growth path,” said Bazmi Hussain, MD, ABB India, “Our actions to increase competitiveness in early 2011 have started to deliver and will continue to do so. In addition to our ongoing focus on the traditional core business of power and automation ABB sees significant growth opportunities in new market segments such as solar, energy efficiency, smart grids and cyber security.”

Profit after tax for 2011 rose 192% to Rs184.5 crore from Rs63.2 crore in the previous year. Rising input costs, tight liquidity situation, forex volatility and low price realisation as witnessed in some sectors may continue to put pressure on margins.

The board of directors has recommended a dividend of Rs3 per share.

In late morning trade, ABB India was trading at Rs837.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 4.35% down from the previous close.

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Tata Communications announces technology association with Formula One

The agreement will see Tata Communications delivering connectivity to all 20 Formula One race locations over its network

Tata Communications has announced a multi-year technology service and marketing agreement with Formula One management. The agreement will see Tata Communications delivering connectivity to all 20 Formula One race locations over its network. It will also provide hosting end content delivery services to Formula1.com, which is accessed by fans around the world.

Formula One group businesses and race locations will now be connected to the Tata Global Network (TGN) supported by secure MPLS connectivity. Its information technology infrastructure and Formula1.com will be co-located and hosted in Tata Communications’ data centres.

Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO of Tata Communications, says, “Formula One requires fast and secure connectivity, because even a split second of downtime can have repercussions for its business. This delivery is at the heart of our organisation.”

Tata Communications’ capabilities in video and content delivery networks will enable uninterrupted, high quality connectivity to the multi-media portal on Formual1.com. The TGN has trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific data transfer capacity of one terabit per second. Its infrastructure will enable the sport’s official website to instantly scale up to cope with significant and unpredictable traffic spikes. It will also provide Formula1.com with a new Managed Security Suite and will apply an additional layer of managed security monitoring to ensure an increased level of protection to Formula One management’s IT infrastructure.

In late morning trade, Tata Communications was trading at Rs242.60 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 3.12% down from the previous close.

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