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  • 24 January, 2021

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National Security Directive for Telecom sector

National Security Directive for Telecom sector

  • Under the security directive, operators will have to buy equipment from trusted sources.
  • Telecom firms have asked the government to clarify about the entity that will be held liable in the event of a security breach in the network post implementation of the National Security Directive (NSD) in the telecom sector.
  • A meeting was called to work on the road map for trusted products by the NSCS. Telcos wanted the government to come out with clear guidelines [as to] who [would] be responsible for any breach in the network if the government is making a list of trusted products that have to be deployed in the network.
  • Under the current rules, telecom operators are held responsible for any security breach in their network.
  • Another private operator representative said two private mobile service providers wanted the government to ensure price competitiveness among vendors in case equipment from China was barred from the networks.
  • “It was suggested that the price competitiveness can be maintained by way of reducing import duties. Nokia and Ericsson have told government officials that the prices of their gear would come down as they manufacture in India and [hence] save on import duty,” the representative said.
  • In a bid to tighten the security of the communications network, the Centre had, on December 16, announced the National Security Directive for the telecom sector, which will mandate service providers to purchase equipment from trusted sources.

Source: TH

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