India creates telco equipment standard

As Indian mobile phone companies prepare for a November 1 deadline to only use equipment authorized by a local testing lab, the government is creating a new standard and procedure for certifying telco gear.

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.


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