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I think it's very difficult. The encryption that we all replace from the point at which the customer makes a call from their handset and where it transmits through the air to the technology infrastructure that it needs to, it's all encrypted to a very specific standard with all sorts of difficult algorithms applied to it.

I think it's certainly reasonable to say it is possible to do that. Doing it live, which is I think what you're alluding to, is incredibly difficult technically. You would have to have a lot of technical skill to do it, and you'd have to have significant financial resources behind you to buy the equipment in order to do it. Of course, it's illegal and I think carries a custodial sentence under RIPA.

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