National Cyber ​​Security Coordinator has authorized Ericsson and Cisco as “trusted sources” (NCSC)

National Cyber ​​Security Coordinator has authorized Ericsson and Cisco as “trusted sources” (NCSC)

Beside Ericsson and Cisco, Nokia, Tejas, PC Solutions and Dori Software are among those that have got the nod, they added.

Chinese vendor Huawei is in the process of submitting the required documents, one of the sources said. ZTE is yet to hear from the government on the matter, another source said.

The National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector (NSDTS) was framed keeping in mind the national security. Under the provisions of NSDTS, the government will declare a list of trusted sources and trusted products for installation in the country’s telecom network.

A source in a telecom company claimed that a few products have got validation and hoped that other items, in due course, will get the necessary go ahead.

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  • According to industry insiders, Ericsson, a Swedish telecom equipment company, and Cisco, a US-based networking giant, are among the vendors who have been approved as “trusted sources” by the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC). According to the sources, ‘reliable sources’ have approved as many as seven to eight companies.

  • In December last year, the Cabinet cleared a proposal to secure telecom infrastructure by designating a ‘trusted source’ for the purchase of equipment by service providers.

In June this year, the government launched a website for giving clearance to trusted products that telecom operators can install in their network under the NSDTS.

Telecom operators are required to access the website to indicate the telecom products and the vendor from whom they intend to procure the products.