Spillover signals from Indian operators were already impacting the Pakistani networks, however, the situation may get sever with this recent decision of Indian department of Telecommunication, according to which: All Indian operators can now install mobile towers with-in 500 meters of the border.
It merits mentioning here that signal strength of GSM mobile towers cover 8-25 Kilometers of areal distance.
Earlier, Indian operators were not allowed to install with-in 10 kilometers of the border.
This looks a deliberate move from India to leave its GSM tail long inside the Pakistani territory, which will deteriorate the signal spill-over issue at various parts of the border line, mainly the in AJK, Sialkot, Kasur, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar and Bahawalpur near the Indian border.
Both the countries have accused each other in past over the signal spill-over, however, as per media reports both the countries were planning to sit and talk to resolve the GSM signal spillover in border areas.
India’s this move of installing towers so close to border will hamper any such efforts being made to resolve the signal spillover issue.