Sensitive telecom equipment to be sourced locally by 2020


According to a press report, an expert group constituted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)  has listed 56 security sensitive telecom products, including SIM cards, modems, set top boxes, routers and leased line equipment, amongst others, and has recommended that mobile operators be mandated to source 80 per cent of their requirements for such equipment from Indian companies by 2020.
DoT has already approved TRAI’s recommendations that telcos source 80 per cent of their network equipment from domestic manufacturers by 2020. But this also includes network and other hardware produced by the India located manufacturing units of foreign vendors.


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