Indian telecom regulator wants to prohibit “illegal” cell phone use on public Wi-Fi networks.
In a statement, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said the regulator has ordered telecom operators to make it mandatory for users to log into their network using their cell phones to “protect the privacy and security of the network.”
The COAI said it has asked telecom operators such as Reliance Jio to “immediately ensure that the use of cell phones is strictly limited” and “to make it a requirement for users of such network to log in using their mobile phone.”
It added that operators should “make it mandatory that the data on the network be recorded for a period of 24 hours.”
The government of India has launched a program to combat cell phone usage on public networks in a bid to curb illegal use.
According to a study by the National Center for Public Policy Research, an advocacy group, cell phone data was being used in India at a rate of 1.8 million per day, or nearly 40 percent of the country’s internet users.
In April, the government of the United States announced it would phase out all cell phone service, as it was found to be causing an increase in health problems in the US.