More than 44 per cent mobile network equipment of state-run BSNL is sourced from Chinese agency ZTE and 9 per cent from Huawei, Parliament was knowledgeable on Thursday.
While replying to a query on the market share of Chinese corporations ZTE and Huawei in India, Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Dhotre mentioned that the federal government maintains no knowledge of Chinese telecom gear makers.
Based on info collected from telecom operators, Dhotre mentioned that Reliance Jio Infocomm has not deployed any telecom equipment from ZTE and Huawei for offering companies.
“Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has 44.4 per cent of its mobile network equipment from M/s ZTE and 9 per cent from M/s Huawei. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) has 10 per cent of its mobile network equipment from Chinese equipment manufacturers,” Dhotre mentioned in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
“The Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) procure and deploy telecom equipment from vendors based on their techno-commercial interests provided they adhere to the security provisions given in the licence. Hence, no such data is maintained by Department of Telecommunications (DoT),” Dhotre mentioned.
The minister shared that Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) follows a multi-vendor technique for procuring equipment for various necessities in its network and has all the time been compliant to the varied security-related necessities positioned upon it by the DoT notifications.
“Bharti Airtel Limited (BAL), uses telecom equipment of several vendors partners including Indian, American, European, Chinese across the different network domains, radio, core and transport and follow a multi-vendor approach for its networks to build robust and secure networks,” Dhotre mentioned.
He mentioned that there are complete safety situations as half of present License Agreement for telecom service suppliers to deal with safety considerations.
The minister additionally clarified that the DoT has not issued any order concerning offering supply code for safety testing.
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