India is creating a new standard for testing and authorizing telco equipment used by companies in the country.
The Times of India reported on Wednesday that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) already established a pilot lab to support the new standard. It is also building a certification center and development systems, a DoT official said.
It will work with the Department of Electronics & IT as well as National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) to establish the new testing procedures for telecom gear, according to a confidential note prepared by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS).
The new standard will be in addition to the globally recognized Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA) created over a decade ago by eight countries including the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. It complements a DoT directive that, from November 1, 2013, mobile phone companies should only use equipment deemed safe by an authorized Indian testing lab.