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India Bars ZTE, Huawei, Others From Sensitive Government Projects 160

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hypnosec writes "The Indian Government has decided it won't be using telecom equipment from international vendors, and has barred all such foreign companies from participating in the US$3.8 billion National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) project — a project aimed at bringing high-speed Internet connectivity to the rural areas of India. The DoT has decided that it will be going ahead with 100 per cent domestic sourcing and has released a list of certified GPON suppliers. This decision comes after the research wing of the ministry, C-DoT, advised the telecom department to bar Chinese companies like ZTE and Huawei, keeping in line with a similar decision by the U.S. In an internal memo, the research body advised the department that both these Chinese companies are a security threat to the telecom world."
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India Bars ZTE, Huawei, Others From Sensitive Government Projects

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @12:07AM (#42654121)

    Why use fiber when it would be so much cheaper to line up a bunch of tech support employees and pass the information along in a game of 'telephone'.

    Yes, I'm a cruel cruel man!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @12:32AM (#42654227)

    Did the govt also consider components(chips, circuitry, software) in locally sourced hardware also are not made outside India or are open-source. India does not have expertise in chip manufacturing except potato chips.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.