Stiff competition and lax enforcement are allowing the bulk sale of SIM cards which could find their way to "desperate criminals" and cheats, raising up security concerns.
Nitin Puri discusses key mobile communications developments in India, home to one of the world's largest mobile phone population.
Originally from Canada, Nitin has been residing and working in India since 2009. He has worked in different ICT industries in countries such as India, Canada, and Tanzania. He is an avid follower and application developer within the growing mobile phone sector in India.
The ambitious project to issue every Indian citizen a unique, biometric photo ID, is set to be a platform for new revenue streams for IT firms especially in rural India.
Following the recent report about the NSA's Prism program, the Indian government has launched a similar surveillance program for its own security agencies in the country.
Web giant's latest attempt is further aimed at penetrating the Indian market with Android devices, and will see retail stores set up across India starting in New Delhi later this year.
The IT hardware hub will soon feature reportedly the country's first 24/7 electronics store, HOT, or House of Technology. The concept will be welcome by those working odd hours and also be popular for credit top up services.
With the rise of Internet connectivity at home and over mobile, and the success of local online Indian retailers, the local e-tailing market is set grow over a hundred-fold in nine years.
The currency has taken a tumble in the past few months against the U.S. dollar. This could hurt mobile handset makers who already have small margins and rely on volume sales in India.
A common repository has been set up for customizable and configurable applications that can be re-used by various government agencies to speed up development and avoid duplication of efforts and costs.
The manufacturer has become the market leader with a 15 percent local market share, ahead of Micromax and Apple. That's even without factoring in the numbers from its government-backed Aakash budget tablets.
Common sense would prevail, in addition to laws in many jurisdictions around the world, including India, that using a hands-free device while driving can in fact be distracting for the driver and lead to driver error.