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Illegal use of "Thuraya" Satellite phones in India

The use/operation of any Telegraph services/devices including wireless is regulated by the Indian Telegraph Act 1885. As per the existing guidelines issued by DoT, Inmarsat Satphones excluding BGAN system can be used by the Government, Corporate Houses, Members of the Mountaineering Expedition and other such categories with prior permission from DoT. Thuraya Satphone service is not permitted in India . Anyone using any telegraphic devices including Satphone unauthorisedly violates Section 4 of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and he/she can be penalized U/S 20 & 21 of the said Act.

Ministry of Home Affairs has decided that:

  1. In case of import of cargo, a declaration is to be given by the person importing the goods about details of goods.
  2. In case of satellite phones being brought in baggage/hand baggage, instructions will be issued to the custom authorities at different entry points, by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), so that satellite phones without license by the DoT would be detained/confiscated, as per the existing procedures till the time the holder of the

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