Huawei, ZTE under probe by Indian government

Huawei, ZTE under probe by Indian government

Summary: Indian government will reportedly set up a testing lab in Bangalore to test equipment by the Chinese telecoms gear makers, following security concerns by its intelligence agencies.

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India government will set up a testing bed in Bangalore to scan Huawei and ZTE equipments, following security concerns.

The Indian government is launching a investigation over Huawei and ZTE equipment, following increased scrutiny on China's alleged involvement in cyberspionage.

Sina Tech reported on Thursday, citing an official from India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT), who said the ministry knew about the concerns of Indian intelligence agencies and were expediting the developing of systems for testing the telecom equipment of foreign manufacturers in networks, which could also include the likes of Cisco and Alcatel.

A lab will be set up in Bangalore, where the gear will be tested.

According to the report, the India's cabinet secretariat had written a letter to DoT earlier expressing concerns over the induction of large scale foreign telecom equipments, especially from China-based Huawei and ZTE, in private and government networks without testing. The secretariat also asked DoT to make provisions for identifying spyware, malware and bugging software in the equipment.

The move follows a report released by the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday which claimed intrusions originating from China have been designed to steal confidential information around its "diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support national defense programs".

This is not the first time the Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturers come under fire in India. In January this year, India had barred foreign telecom equipment vendors, including Huawei and ZTE, from supplying gear for its national optic fiber network project. A month later, it was reported the DoT was deliberating on conferring the "domestic manufacturer" status to the Chinese companies due to security concerns raised by the local industry and security agencies.  

Topics: Security, Government Asia, China, India

Ellyne Phneah

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Elly grew up on the adrenaline of crime fiction and it spurred her interest in cybercrime, privacy and the terror on the dark side of IT. At ZDNet Asia, she has made it her mission to warn readers of upcoming security threats, while also covering other tech issues.

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  • Wonder Why The US Couldn't Do This

    If you remember, the US Congress launched their "investigation", but it seemed to be nothing more than a gossip-fest, with no actual examination of the equipment at all. Yet here the Indians are actually going to do rather than talk, and get to the bottom of all these accusations once and for all. Why couldn't the US have done the same? Doesn't their legendary NSA have these sorts of capabilities?
    ldo17
    • or so it seems

      Does the NSA usually blabber about their operations? India is following America's conclusions, not vice versa.
      Stroyde