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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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  • It's safe to say... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @01:24AM (#42654193)

    That a large shout goes out to China saying "We dont Trust you" from the rest of the world.

    Yet the rest of the world still insists on using the large, cheap, suicidal and robotic workforce of China to produce it's consumer goods!

    Just wait until the Water Cooler starts listening in on your breaktime chats about the latest developments in secret tech.... ;)

  • by TheGratefulNet ( 143330 ) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @02:22AM (#42654387)

    I support that.

    I think the US should try to get its key tech from local companies, too. and their suppliers and their suppliers.

    we are *too* globalized. somehow, we went too far in that direction and people are just mindlessly forging forever forward and not stopping to think.

    countries are not permanent friends. its unwise to be too global.

  • Re:Tinfoil Hats? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Mike Frett ( 2811077 ) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @04:30AM (#42654895)

    Did you forget about NSAKEY_?. Microsoft apparently took great lengths to shush that since you can't remember. There is no telling what Government backdoors are in Microsoft Windows since Indians and Chinese both help write code for it. There was also (and still is) an unknown hole in IE in 2010 that allowed Chinese hackers to steal Data from Google, Adobe and others. The question was: Was it really unknown, or intentionally put there?. Who knows, not us.

    Then there is the Hardware backdoor from China, using the ASIC chip in US Military components. It's not a theory or a maybe, it's all fact. If you can't personally see the code for all this Software and Hardware, nobody should use it. But of course, we know that's not possible except with Open Source.

  • India joins the US (Score:3, Interesting)

    by tyrione ( 134248 ) on Tuesday January 22, 2013 @04:54AM (#42654963) Homepage
    It isn't a coincidence that India agrees with the US on building out by using local talent. Europe will follow suit in each nation state, and South America will do the same. China's stranglehold on cheap materials/labor is no longer the driving factor in manufacturing. The top manufacturers in China are working on investing in foreign lands to avoid losing their present contracts. Over time, they'll lose them. It's an economic/intelligence/political trifecta approach to breaking China's dominance on flooding world markets and thus driving down competiting economies. In short, US, Euro and other nation states corporations realize that game is up. They know the import/export tariff imbalance days are over.

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