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

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 @01:07AM (#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 @01:32AM (#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.

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