Nokia receives approval from trusted sources from NCSC India

13. 11. 2021 Saturday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

L arge European companies, Ericsson and Nokia, as well as U.S. Cisco and domestic Tejas, are among the first telecommunications equipment manufacturers to receive approval from a trusted source from the National Cyber ​​Security Coordinator (NCSC).

Tejas Networks, which was recently acquired by the arm of Tata Sons Panatone Finvest, is the only domestic telecommunications equipment manufacturer to have received a license so far, they said.

Fullscreen Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) solutions provider Proscend, French identity security provider IDEMIA, PC Solutions and Dori Software have also received approval from trusted sources from the designated authority, the NSCS. However, the country’s telecommunications providers are still unable to place purchase orders from these suppliers, as the “reliable product” approval for telecommunications equipment has yet to be granted by the NCSC.

“This is the first step in the process, but not much at the moment, as with approval from a trusted source, companies can still refuse their equipment if the authority is not satisfied,” he said. "The first list of reliable products is expected between November and mid-December." Lt. Gen. Rajesh Pant, National Cybersecurity Coordinator (retd), confirmed the development to the ET and said the National Telecommunications Security Committee meets on a monthly basis and decides on the award of Reliable Sources and Reliable Products.

“They provide details of the telecom service providers who have submitted their claims on the portal. This process began with effect on October 21 and the system is operating in accordance with the government decision, he added.

Another person said that the Chinese equipment manufacturer, Huawei, is currently meeting its obligations to obtain approval from reliable sources. "Huawei has still not completed the documentation process." Queries sent to Ericsson, Nokia, Tejas, Cisco, Huawei and ZTE did not elicit a response. Both Huawei and ZTE apply for approval in the Indian Registered Entity (IRE) category.

However, in the case of locally manufactured multinationals as well as contract manufacturers, directly or through EMS, they must be approved in the Indian Registered (IR) category, as are suppliers. Both Ericsson and Nokia have local manufacturing facilities in the country. While Nokia is acquiring its own equipment through its factory in Chennai, Ericsson is acquiring its equipment in Pune through Jabil.

Pant previously said that Huawei and ZTE are not prohibited from participating in the process of identifying products from a trusted source and installation, but similarly must go through the verification process. A senior official working with a European supplier said that there is a chance that if any product or part is manufactured in China, it will not be licensed, and this also applies to non-Chinese manufacturers.

“It’s not yet clear where the part came from. Much of the global supply chain is located in China and this cannot be easily transferred overnight to India. That's how we wait and watch, ”he added.

Indian telecom operators have previously expressed concern about network delays due to the process. However, the designated authority shall allow an exemption for immediate deployment needs. Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have recently been granted a one-off exemption from NCSC for possible key launches.

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