Well if nothing else...
... you can track them by just waiting for where they order masts turned off... For example in this area for the next 10 days!
The Taliban has now ordered mobile operators to shutdown daytime access to their networks in the Afghan province of Ghazni. The hard-line Islamic militia says it's annoyed that wireless signals are being used to locate its insurgent gunmen. "We have informed mobile companies operating in Ghazni to turn off their signals during …
i wouldn't want to be accused of aiding terrorists, but don't mobiles put out a much greater signal when they can't find a network as they are constantly attempting to locate one?
simply advising your guerillas to switch their mobiles off when they're not using them would be a more effective solution.
I was under the impression that, if you are in a no-signal area, your phone battery runs out sooner because it sends out more/stronger signals trying to locate a tower.
Doesn't this mean that turning off the transmitters is a good idea because it will help us find these people more easily.
Location through tower triangulation beats the pants off having people running around a hostile environment with directional aerials trying to find a needle in a haystack. The data is not only used to acquire individual targets but also to establish traffic patterns and target-target associations.
...could be used in most areas, not enuff coverage
Plus Agfa is famous for it hills, not it cyclist
Is there a backdoor to kill their battery life?
If push comes to shove I guess we could let off a nuke 700 miles above Agfa & see what shit drops out of the clouds
Muppets. If their forces were in any way disciplined then this order would be unnecessary as they could just turn off the phone. This is blatantly about cutting comms to other locals who are unfriendly to them. The US should airdrop iridium phones throughout the areas where the shutdown occurs (having of course fitted a independent battery backed gps chip to them) that way the locals can phone in the the presence of the bearded ones and if the dog haters get hold of them they are traceable.
The US army should be floating cell phone antennas attached to stationary balloons (tethered with troops at the bottom) in the areas where the Taliban operate. Create a guarded grid that causes them to expose their positions then blast them out of existence. In this case the troops protecting the floating cell towers would be able to be on the high ground. Since they're wanting the cell phone operators to switch their towers off we'd know exactly where the insurgent transmitters and phones are located. By being attached to balloons they could easily be moved to help triangulate the positions.
If you read the last section of the article, the Afghan source said that it was most likely to stop the locals from ratting out the Taliban.
Makes more sense.
Of course if the locals are given sat phones, it would be easy to identify collaborators and then the locals get shot.
I agree that there are other cost effective solutions.
I don't want to say anything in case they are being implemented.
Why would all these Taleban fighters be carrying mobiles into places where they don't want to be tracked? It's not so that they can make calls on them because they're demanding that the network be shut down while they're there.
It's obviously just to stop other people making phone calls.
I'm guessing that the secret tech the US claim they have is actually the much under-trumpeted CELLDAR technology developed here in the UK.
Put simply, the cell towers are constantly pumping out 900Mhz signals into the ether. When that signal reaches something, it changes slightly, be it a person, building or rock.
Stick a load of monitoring devices around the area and you can quickly establish a baseline of reflected and altered signals, such that when someone does start creeping around later that night - the ether is disturbed and they can be located VERY quickly.
Quick enough for a warplane/rendition flight/hellfire missle to catch up in quick fashion.
And no amount of removing batteries is going to keep the tower tech from sussing you. We can't forget that the taliban are free thinking, smart humans too. Even though they are the devil incarnate, Fact!
Like Preston Crow said above, the coalition should setup it's own network. Better still, they should publicise that the network is available for free but only for grassing-up the Taliban and emergency calls. Locals would be able to connect, even without a SIM. The coalition could also use it to track Taliban whose phones have automatically connected when the commercial networks are offline.
you have to wonder, that's their fellow country men, it just ain't cricket.
Oh when will we leave, they were meant to get Osama B, and now he is running for president.
Afghanistan only has heroin doesn't it? Cannot see the point of us being there, we are in recession now, and we can grow poppies ourselves.
If a phone cannot receive on a frequency, it will not transmit on it. The towers encode the power they use in the signal so phones will select high power at the edge of a big cell and low power at the edge of a small cell. To make a cell phone transmit with maximum power, reduce the power at the tower to the minimum that the phone can detect and lie about the power output of the transmitter.
So it seems the locals have a slight preference for foreign troops over the taliban. Perhaps one day they will get to choose none of the above.
I'd get as many as possible Afghan-special phones out there. They'd look exactly the same as the ordinary models but they'd have a small extra Lithium battery inside, so as to stay turned on for a while even if the user removes the battery. And yes, all mobiles squawk periodically at high power when they can't find a base-station.
The Taliban are the people whose creed is to return the world to the 10th century and ban everything that's not sanctioned by the Koran. And yet here they are, clearly wedded to their mobile phones (as well as their cars and guns and bombs, all C20 technology). Where are mobiles mentioned in the Koran?!
"A fanatic is someone who redoubles his effort when he's forgotten his objective". Yep.
Where's the fizzing bomb icon when we need it?
I can take pictures of ladies wearing trousers (if they want me to)! And listen to "pop" music or surf the information super way!
Am I safe from Mr Osama Taliban or will he get me down the phone line? - I'm very sorry if I've upset him - I'm just off to burn all my books and forget all my learning I've done.
"Hey! Mr Taliban handover Bin Laden,
"the AK 47" etc. etc.
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