The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has amended the Unified Access Service Licence, that will take effect from 15th June, 2021.
According to the latest amendments, the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) will be the designated authority that can impose conditions for the procurement of telecom equipment in matters directly related to national security.
Accordingly, with effect from 15th June, telecom operators will only connect trusted products in its network and seek permission from the NCSC for the upgradation of existing networks and for using telecom equipment not designated as trusted products.
“However, these directions will not affect ongoing annual maintenance contracts or updates to existing equipment already inducted in the network as on date of effect,” the amendment notification said.
It will help the government control sourcing of products from China and other non-friendly countries. The National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) may also notify a list of designated sources that cannot participate.