Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications
16-December-2011 15:47 IST
Foreign Tourists using Satellite Telephones
Shri Milind Deora, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed Rajya Sabha today in a written reply that instances have come to the notice regarding use of satellite phones by foreign tourists in India. It has been found by police/security agencies that on few occasions foreign tourists, while visiting India are carrying satellite telephones such as Thuriya, Iridium etc without having any permission for the same.

The reply further stated that since Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has not issued any license for provision of satellite telephone service in the country under Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, as such, use of satellite phones in the country by any individual/foreigner is un-authorised and could pose a threat to national security.

Further the Central Board of Excise and Customs, Ministry of Finance has issued a circular No. 520/22/2010-Cus.VI dated 24th September 2010 whereby arriving passengers importing satellite phones as baggage are required to declare the same to the Customs on arrival, the Minister informed the House.