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INDIA: Imported Telecom Products to Undergo Government Screening from 1 April

Telecom equipment imported into India is to be subject to security screening at government-affiliated laboratories. Beginning as a pilot scheme from 1 April, the first phase will focus on any telecom equipment deemed most at risk from a national security perspective. This will include core network systems, base stations, mobile switching centres and transmission devices.

Although initial government plans foresee private sector involvement in the establishment of the appropriate range of testing facilities, it is unclear if the domestic industry has the resources or commitment required to deliver such an outcome. India currently imports around US$9 billion worth of telecom equipment per annum and a substantial number of regional testing facilities are seen as a perquisite for implementing the new measure without severely impeding the trade flow.

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