Huawei Appoints Nodal Officer, Seeks Access to Trusted Portal, Telecom News, ET Telecom
The Chinese telecommunications equipment maker is also seeking access to the Indian government’s “trust portal”, which went live last week. Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco, HFCL and telecom operators have been granted access to the portal.
“Huawei is following the process as mandated by the authority. The partners are doing the same. It will wait and watch how it plays out and if they reject anyone. Huawei has not been banned and they [government] have no intention of doing so under the National Security Directive, ”said a source familiar with the matter.
The person said Huawei’s nodal officer is working closely with the nodal officers of its telecom partners to get approval through the trust portal. “OEMs do it themselves and through their partners.”
A company spokesperson declined to comment on the case.
Last week, the telecommunications department asked all licensees to nominate a nodal manager who will be authorized to access the new ‘trusted telecom portal’, provide input and coordinate with the national cybersecurity coordinator. .
“License holders who have not submitted an authorization letter for the appointment of a nodal manager for this portal are requested to immediately submit it to the designated authority, namely the national cybersecurity coordinator,” said the DoT said in a notification Wednesday.
The ministry had published changes in telecommunications licenses for the purchase or use of telecommunications equipment from reliable sources in March.
A “trusted telecommunications” portal was launched on Tuesday last week under the Cyber wing of the National Security Council Secretariat, which will require telecommunications service providers to use equipment only through trusted or genuine sources. .
The new portal would serve as a certification window and equipment suppliers associated with the authority could monitor the progress of the approval of their applications.
As part of the new process, suppliers or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be required to provide detailed active components that go into the gear as well as the location of manufacture and company headquarters, structure organizational property rights and details of intellectual property rights. In addition, they must provide similar information about the software that powers the equipment.
The list of equipment to be covered by this directive and the methodology for designating a specific product as a trusted product, however, would be defined by the office of the National Cybersecurity Coordinator (NCSC) Lt Gen (Retd) Rajesh Pant who reports to Premier Minister Office (PMO).
Through this initiative, the government aims to strengthen oversight and facilitate effective oversight by telecommunications operators and the designated authority over nationwide telecommunications networks.
“Among the sources declared as ‘trusted sources’ by the designated authority, those which meet the criteria of the preferential market regime of the Ministry of Telecommunications will be certified as Indian trusted sources”, according to the directive.