An anonymous reader writes: Telco equipment from China could have spyware that give access to telcom networks in India. The Indian Government has officially told mobile operators not to import any equipment manufactured by Chinese vendors, including Huawei and ZTE. The ban order follows concerns raised by the Home Ministry that telecom equipment from some countries could have spyware or malware that gives intelligence agencies across the border access to telecom networks in India. Deployment of Chainese equipments in power sector also under scanner and may be follow ban soon. The biggest gainers from the move could be Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens that have been losing market share to aggressive Chinese equipment-makers in India. Similarly Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) the largest engineering and manufacturing enterprise in India in the energy-related and infrastructure sector sector may be benefited from this move. Restrictions imposed upon Chinese products equipment will no doubt increase the risk and costs of Chinese companies operating in India. But by doing so, will India gain in the fields of security, commerce and economic development? The million dollar question — can you truly ban import of all telecom equipment that is not manufactured in China?
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