DoT Invested Rs 450 cr For Set up Pan-India Secure Network
Department of Telecom (DoT) reported in its latest report, “To develop and deploy a pan-India secure network and network-based services such as e-mail, voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP), mobile communication through a survivable and available network architecture for secured communication for government use with a government funding of Rs 450 crore”.
DoT is mulling to set-up a pan-India secure network with an estimated cost of Rs 450 crore, providing a fool-proof infrastructure for telecom and internet communication exclusively for government use.
For high security of classified government communication, secured communication network is proposed to be established for fixed and wireless communication at an estimated capital cost of Rs 300 crore.
Regular communication systems in the country – e-mail, VoIP, mobile communications, among others are secure per se, owing to the encrypted nature of the messages. Simply put, the messages sent across won’t be accessible to hackers, and other miscreants. However, since the servers hosting these services are located outside the country, the messages can be accessed by the governments of those countries. A communication system being used exclusively by the government cannot be measured by the same yardstick, hence reiterating the need of an exclusive, secure, pan-India network.