India resumes telecom equipment imports from China

08:30, July 30, 2010      

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India on Wednesday modified its security rules on telecom equipment and resumed the imports from Chinese telecom operators and equipment vendors.

According to the statement on the website of the Department of Telecommunications, due to security concerns, service providers will be asked to disclose the source code, or computer programs used in such equipment, along with design details.

In addition, if security breach is detected after the deployment of the equipment, the vendors will need to pay fines as much as the value of the contracts.

Insider from Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei's Indian branch, said that the problem that has extended for six months is now on its way to being resolved. Previously, India had barred Indian mobile phone operators from placing orders with China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp claiming security concerns.

Insiders from Chinese firms said that although the new measures are still unsatisfactory, they (insiders) will canvass for the Indian government to loosen policies in the future.

Source: Global Times


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