Smuggling satellite phones

Although India may be one of the most suitable and promising markets for satellite telephony in the world, the Indian government has been prohibiting imports of satellite phones, particularly Thuraya handsets. Ironically, according to The Indian Express, this past summer several country’s military and intelligence agencies purchased a number of Thuraya phones from a private company, which allegedly imported the equipment illegaly using forged license and government permissions. One can only imagine the scope of satphone smuggling in India, if even government agencies ended up buying them.

Anyway, with the new Thuraya SO-2510 phone weighing just 130 grams (about 4.5 oz) and looking just like an ordinary cell phone, smugglers should be more willing to risk and bring the equipment so much needed in many parts of the Indian subcontinent.