Indian Research body C-DoT has dialled and informed the telecom department to bar Chinese network vendors Huawei and ZTE from bidding and putting in tenders in the communication ministry’s Rs 20,000-crore broadband venture involving the roll out of a national optic fibre network (NOFN) that will take high-speed internet in India to new levels.
Huawei, ZTE Security warning in India for optic fibre bidding
A top research wing of the government has raised concern over two Chinese companies, primarily engaged in telecommunications equipment and services in the country
The research body, in an internal note or memo to the Indian telecom secretary R Chandrasekhar, says India must keep Chinese telecom networks – Huawei and ZTE out of sensitive government projects in the aftermath of a recent US congressional report that warned both Chinese gear-makers pose a security threat to telecom networks worldwide.
The Indian agency C-DoT has urged DoT to allow 100% domestic sourcing of GPON gear for the NOFN venture by tweaking preferential market access (PMA) norms, in light of “a 22% cost disadvantage for electronics manufactured in India compared to imports”.
What is National Optical Fibre Network ( NOFN)
- Project to be implemented by NOFN‐SPV namely Bharat
- Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL).
- Govt. of India to fund the project through the Universal Service
- Obligation Fund (USOF). Rs. 20,000 Cr.($4B)
- Suitable Tri‐partite MoU to be signed by GOI, State Govt & BBNL