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India May Ban Chinese-made Telecom Equipment

Global Times, 8/28/09

The Hindustan Times reported on August 27 that the Indian Ministry of Telecommunications would convene a meeting of telecom service providers on August 28 to discuss the potential threat posed by the service providers' use of Chinese-made equipment, particularly in border regions.

According to the report, a report from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs requires that operators not use Chinese equipment in border areas; state-run telecom operator BSNL had previously been ordered not to order Chinese equipment. The Ministry of Telecommunications is considering extending the order to other telecom operators.

Indian intelligence had previously reported that Chinese companies could embed hidden features or backdoors into their equipment allowing Chinese telecom companies to launch network attacks or render the equipment inoperable. Some telecom operators have purchased network equipment from Huawei and ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ) in the past.

Keywords: overseas telecom 000063.SZ 0763.HK Huawei telecom equipment ZTE BSNL India regulation policy

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