Govt to amend Telecom License Norms to control sourcing from China, non friendly destinations

The Govt is likely to amend telecom license norms this month to incorporate the guidelines on national security directive in the realm of telecommunication sector that will aid in controlling and installation of Network equipment from China and other non-friendly countries. Under this particular directive, the Govt will itself declare a list of trusted sources and trusted networks for installation in the country’s telecom network. 

An official source said

DoT is almost ready to amend license conditions so as to incorporate guidelines in the form of NSD (National Security Directive). It should be done in coming week. 

Notably, Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei had in its past invited hatred from governments of Canada and U.S. The allegation of U.S. was that it had not complied with the cybersecurity and privacy laws, leaving the entire country and its citizens vulnerable to espionage. 

While the govt has not barred procurement of necessary equipment from Chinese companies, however, it amended the General Financial Rules (GFR, 2017) to enable certain restrictions on bidders in public procurement from the nations that share a land border with India on grounds of defence of India, or matters directly or indirectly related thereto, including national security.

Source: Mint


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