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Govt revises telecom security policy

Posted: 23 Aug 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:telecom network equipment  telecom security policy  domestic manufacturing 

India is looking to revise one of the clauses in its proposed telecom security policy. According to media reports, the Government is planning to remove the "controversial" clause from the policy that mandates at least 50 per cent of all core telecom network equipment must be indigenously developed or manufactured.

Earlier this year, the Department of Telecom (DoT) issued a draft proposal on new telecom security policy with an aim to address security concerns and promoting domestic manufacturing of telecom equipments.

However, the draft proposal attracted a lot of criticism from several countries, including the U.S. According to them, the policy could restrict their operations in India.

The draft policy said that India must "progressively develop indigenous capacity to manufacture telecom equipment—both hardware and software—with the aim to have at least 50 per cent of the core telecom network equipment being inducted into the network to be indigenously developed and manufactured in the country."

According to The Times of India, the revised version, dated August 3, states that the India will "progressively develop indigenous capacity to manufacture electronic telecom equipment and software being inducted into the network."

The new rules will be formally notified after the Telecom Commission approves the revised guidelines.

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