(Last Updated On: August 26, 2019)

India’s telecom operators like Reliance Jio, Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel and others will have a difficult time identifying weak spots within their network coverage, as Google has shut down its Mobile Network Insights service used by these services.

The withdrawal was not previously mentioned which disappointed the carriers who used the service on the decision making-process regarding upgrading or extending their coverage. Google’s move comes after there is heightened focus and attention on data privacy around the world. 

Google’s mobile network had launched the service in March 2017 which was a map that showed signal carriers strengths and speed delivered in each area. 

The service helps manage operations and is free for carriers and vendors using Google’s Android operating systems which is about 75% of the world’s smartphones, which makes it a very valuable resource for the industry. 

Lawmakers of U.S. and Europe, now have much more focus on how user data is treated after a large scare of security failures was revealed as Facebbok had shared data on about 87 million of its users toCambridge Analytica.

Google has rejected requests to give equipment vendors any data and has said that it hasn’t shared, aggregated or individualized data on user demographics and app usage.

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