Centre asks BSNL to not use Chinese equipment for 4G upgradation

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Following the border skirmish with Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Department of Telecom (DoT) has asked state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to not use Chinese telecom equipment during its 4G upgradation.

Sources privy to the information said the Telecom Department has conveyed that the tender process in this regard will have be reworked.

Also, a similar message has been conveyed to Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) asking them to avoid the use of Chinese equiment for upgradation.

It is further being said India may re-think its information and communications technology (ICT) strategy for 5G rollout in the country with Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei.

The department is even considering measures to urge private telecom operators to bring down their dependence on Chinese-made telecom equipment.

The instruction issued by Telecom Department:
* Upgradation of 4G facility should not be done using any equipment made by Chinese companies.
* The entire tender process is to be re-issued.
* All private service operators will also be instructed to reduce their dependence on Chinese equipment
* According to government sources, there have been several concerns around network security of Chinese equipment in the past.

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