12 Aug 2012

Security Concern of Imported 4G Equipment

A reference has been received from a Security agency expressing that M/s Bharti Airtel Ltd., while rolling out the 4G services is using Time Division-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology, which has been
developed by M/s ZTE, a Chinese company. Therefore, role of ZTE in managing the 4G network and adequacy of training to local personnel of M/s Bharti Airtel may be ascertained. 
Government has mandated that licensee shall induct only those network elements into his telecom network, which have been got tested as per relevant contemporary Indian or International Security Standards from any international agency/labs of those standards until 31st March, 2013. From 1st April, 2013 the certification shall be got done only from authorized and certified agencies/labs in India. Further, as per licence condition, the licensee shall employ only Resident, trained Indian Nationals as Chief Technical Officer/s, Chief Information Security Officer, Nodal Executives for handling interception and monitoring cases and in-charge of GMSC, MSC, Softswitch, Central Database and System Administrator/s. 
The information with regard to number of towns/cities in the country where 4G network is managed by ZTE company, is being collected from the Telecom Service Providers. 
The Security agency has not given any suggestion. However, it has inquired about the training given by M/s ZTE to the local personnel to handle the 4G network. 
This was stated by Shri Milind Deora, the minister of State in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in response to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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