New Delhi, Oct. 25 (PTI): The Centre has amended an agreement with telecom operators under which they will have to be connected to a Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) being set up for interception of all telecom and Internet services.
The move to ensure safe custody of tapped telephone conversations comes in the aftermath of the leaked tapes of such conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.
The government had decided on the concept of CMS so that lawful interceptions of telephone and Internet services remain a closely-guarded secret.
Amending the 41.10 condition of the Unified Access Services with telecom operators, the government has said the move was being taken for the nation’s security.
A telecom operator’s interception system will have to be connected to the CMS at the Regional Monitoring Centre (RMC) through an Interception Store and Forward (ISF) server on their premises.
The operators shall provide the connectivity up to the nearest point of presence of Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network of the CMS “at its own cost” in the form of dark optical fibre.
The amendment added that “from the point of presence of MPLS network of CMS onwards, traffic will be handled by the government at its own cost.”