Amid the ongoing tension at the border, the central government is preparing to do another strike on China. This time the strike will be in the telecom sector. The government said on Wednesday that a list of trusted companies will be made to buy the telecom equipment.
Currently, Chinese companies dominate the sector. ZTE is its biggest player. The government’s move means that some Chinese companies may have to face restrictions. Earlier, the government has banned 267 Chinese apps four times.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday that the Cabinet Committee on Security has approved the National Security Directive in the telecommunications sector. Under this, the government will release a list of reliable sources and products for its supply chain. To build a telecom network in the country, companies will be able to purchase equipment from them.
National Security Committee on Telecom will decide
The list of companies will be created by the National Cyber Security Coordinator. All telecom service providers will have to use new products under this. A committee will review the list of trusted companies and products. The committee will be headed by Deputy National Security Advisor. The committee will also include members from the concerned departments and ministries. The two members will be industry and independent experts. This committee will be called the National Security Committee on Telecom.
The new decision does not affect the old agreements
Ravi Shankar Prasad said that these instructions will not affect the agreements related to annual maintenance. Instruments that are being used in the network before the issuance of instructions are also excluded from their scope. It also has a provision to give preference to companies in the country.
He said that companies that meet the standards of this scheme of the telecommunications department will be certified as India Trusted Source. The new committee will find ways to promote Indian companies.
Center took action against apps 4 times
- On 29 June, 59 Chinese apps were banned. The apps were described as a threat to national security. The government took this decision after the Galvan clash.
- On July 27, 47 apps were banned. The government took this step when tensions were rising in Ladakh and Chinese troops tried to infiltrate twice.
- On 2 September, the government banned 118 apps including PUBG. PubG has been downloaded by over 175 million users.
- 43 mobile apps were banned on 24 November. The decision was taken on the basis of a report sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Indian Cybercrime Co-ordination Center.