DoT extends the restriction on the purchase of network equipment to satellite services, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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DoT had already announced similar restrictions on telecom operators as well as internet service providers last month. “In pursuance of condition 5.1, chapter 1 the licensor hereby amends the provision and operation of satellite based services using gateway installed in India under “sui-generis” licence agreement…” DoT said in the amendment to the licence agreement for procurement of telecom equipment.

The amendment was done on March 11 but updated on DoT website on Monday. However, according to the amendment, these directions will not affect the ongoing annual maintenance contracts or updates to existing equipment already induced in the network as on date of effect.

“Designated authority shall notify the categories of equipment for which the security related to Trusted sources are applicable. For the said categories of equipment designated authority shall notify the trusted sources along with the associated telecommunication equipment (trusted products),” DoT said. The DoT announced similar amendments in INSAT-MSS reporting services licence and VSAT CUG licence agreements.

The amendment is in line with the National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector which mandates all telecom service providers to install equipment from only government-approved vendors and sources. As per the new norms, with effect from June 15, such satellite service operators will be required to take permission from NCSC for upgradation of existing networks, utilising the telecom equipment not designated as trusted products.

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