The Department of Telecom (DoT) has once again extended compliance of the clause mandating testing of network equipment by one year to April 1, 2017. “Approval of the authority on extension of requirement of security certification of telecom equipment only from authorized and certified agencies/labs within India has been received for 12 months from April 1, 2016, to April 1, 2017,” DoT said in a letter to telecom service providers. Also Read - Vodafone CEO Nick Read to visit India this week; will seek bailout: ReportAlso Read - BSNL agrees to lay off 54,000 employees, but waiting for elections to be over: Report
To allay fears of cyber espionage, DoT in 2011 had amended license which made telecom operators install only those equipment in their network that are safe and certified by international reputed agencies until March 31, 2013. Also Read - WhatsApp users can now file a complaint with DoT against offensive messages
Earlier, DoT set April 1, 2013 as the cut-off from when mandatory certificate was required from authorized and certified agencies within India.
But failure to set up a lab that could test security in high-end equipment led to DoT extending the date by three years to April 1, 2016. According to sources, the issue of setting up a full-fledged testing lab has not yet been resolved, hence the extension.