New Delhi: The US trade representative's office has expressed some concern over some parts of Draft National Telecom Security Policy which mainly relates to development of telecom technology in India for ensuring security, Parliament was informed on Friday.
"The United States side has expressed some concerns over the issue of national (Indian) test standards, security testing of telecom equipment in India and linking of manufacturing of telecom equipment in India with enhancement," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
In the proposed new telecom policy, Indian government has identified threat to security of telecom infrastructure due to heavy reliance on imported equipment.
"...Absence of substantial manufacturing base also poses severe long term threats to India's strategic sectors and interests as well as to cyber security, which is a cause for rising concern," the draft National Telecom Policy 2011 said.
According to it, the government has proposed "to build national capacity in all areas -specifically security standards, security testing, interception and monitoring capabilities and manufacturing of critical telecom equipment..."
First Published: Friday, May 18, 2012, 22:12