Telecom Companies Want Government To Clarify Security Breach Burden After NSD Launch, Ensuring Price Competitiveness

Telecom companies have asked the government to clarify the entity that will be held liable in the event of a security breach in the network following the implementation of the National Security Directive (NSD) on the telecommunications sector, according to industry sources aware of the development . Telecom operators made their input to the government at a meeting called by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) about a week and a half ago, industry sources told PTI. A meeting has been called to work on the road map for reliable products by the NSCS. Senior regulatory officials from telecommunication service providers attended the meeting and made their contributions. The telecom companies wanted the government to provide clear guidelines as to who will be responsible for the breach of the network if the government is making a list of reliable products that are to be used in the network, “an official of a private operator told PTI. current rules, telecom operators are held accountable in the event of a security breach in their network. Another representative of a private operator said that two private mobile service providers want the government to ensure price competitiveness between suppliers in case of equipment from China is banned from networks. “It has been suggested that price competitiveness can be maintained by reducing import duties. Nokia and Ericsson have told government officials that the prices of their telecommunications gear will drop as they produce in India and save on import duties.” , the rep said. In an effort to strengthen the security of the communications network, on December 16 the government announced the National Security Directive on the telecommunications sector, which will mandate service providers to purchase from reliable sources. Notably, Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has had its past clashes with the governments of Canada and the United States. The United States said it failed to comply with its cyber security and privacy laws, leaving the country and citizens vulnerable to spying.

There have been several reports that India is likely to cut Huawei tools from telecommunications network.

Representatives attended the meeting from the industrial body COAI, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

Telecommunications equipment companies did not attend that meeting, the source said.

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News Highlights:

  • Telecom operators made their input to the government at a meeting convened by the NSCS National Security Council Secretariat about a week and a half ago, industry sources told PTI.
  • Telecom Companies Want Government To Clarify Security Breach Burden After NSD Launch, Ensuring Price Competitiveness