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India bans Chinese telecom equipment
29 April 2010
Huawei and ZTE are among Chinese equipment makers whose products have been banned from Indian networks, in a government ruling
The Indian government has prohibited the import of any equipment produced by Chinese vendors, including Huawei and ZTE. The Department of Telecom has ordered some of the mobile operators that were planning to acquire equipment from Chinese manufacturers.
The move comes after the Home Ministry raised concerns that telecom equipment from some countries may have spyware or malware that offers intelligence agencies across the border access to telecom networks in India.
The government had previously barred import of Chinese handsets without an IMEI, an international mobile equipment identity number. The ban has put the new mobile operators in a fix as most were dependent on attractive financing schemes offered by Chinese vendors to buy network equipment.
Dongfang Electric, Harbin Power Equipment and Sepco are among the Chinese companies that have secured big orders from Indian traders, and they are also affected. GTB