Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Government plans to screen imported telecom gear from October 1

The government plans to test all imported mobile phones, SIM cards, 3G & 4G base stations, customer database servers, among other core network devices for bugs and malicious software before they are used in Indian telephone networks from October 1.
If implemented, all mobile phone companies operating on the GSM or CDMA platforms could be barred from using any imported telecom gear, post-October 1, that is not deemed "safe" by the proposed test lab. However, with less than 60 days left, the Department of Telecommunications' (DoT's) move has stirred a hornet's nest since mobile phone companies foresee serious problems in deploying imported telecom gear post-October, which, in turn, threatens to derail their network expansion targets, especially in rural markets where most new customer acquisitions are happening.

Their apprehension stems from two counts: absence of global standards for conducting security tests on handsets, SIMs and telecom network devices, and zero clarity on who will set up the proposed test lab in India.

http://cablequest.org/news/telecom-news/item/2973-government-plans-to-screen-imported-telecom-gear-from-october-1.htmlSource: http://cablequest.org/news/telecom-news/item/2973-government-plans-to-screen-imported-telecom-gear-from-october-1.html

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