“Those licensees who have not submitted Authorization letter for appointing a Nodal Officer for this portal are requested to submit the same to the Designated Authority i.e. National Cyber Security Coordinator on immediate basis,” it said in a notification on Wednesday.
A ‘trusted telecom’ portal was launched on Tuesday under the Cyber wing of the National Security Council Secretariat which will mandate telecom service providers to use equipment through trusted or authentic sources only.
Through this initiative, the government aims to bring enhanced supervision and facilitate effective control by telcos and designated authority over nationwide telecom networks.
“From among the sources declared as ‘trusted sources’ by the designated authority, those that meet the criteria of the Department of Telecommunications’ preferential market scheme will be certified as Indian trusted sources,” as per the directive.
It further said that the National Security Committee on telecom will take measures to increase use of equipment from such ‘Indian Trusted Sources’ in domestic telecom networks.
In April this year, the government unveiled the beta version of the portal for telecom service providers (TSPs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in order to collect sample data that can be qualified as trusted products.
The new portal would act as a certifying window and gear suppliers empanelled with the authority could track the progress of approval of their applications.
In the new online system, telcos would be required to furnish the details of network products along with suppliers’ name, and upon its examination, the service provider may either be allowed or restrained from deploying such equipment.
The list of equipment to be covered under this directive and methodology to designate a specific product as a trusted, would however be defined by the office of the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) Lt Gen (Retd) Rajesh Pant who reports to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).