5G networks to increase data security risk, TEPC
The risk of data security would exponentially rise following the commercial deployments of the fifth generation (5G) networks, and India’s Atmanirbhar (self reliance) initiative would facilitate homegrown companies to produce and supply fool-proof telecom equipment.
“Establishment of 5G network will generate humongous data and consequently the risk of data security bridge will also increase exponentially,” the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (Tepc) Thursday said, adding that the Make in India policy would also enable the domestic equipment makers to supply fool-proof and secured telecom equipment.
On Wednesday, the Cabinet has approved the new National Security Directive, and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) would soon come up with a list of ‘trusted sources’ for procuring telecom gear, and would also modify permits accordingly, a move aimed to safeguard communications network in the wake of anticipated data surge as well as deployment of next-generation technology-based networks.
“This is an opportunity for the Indian telecom equipment manufacturers to not only meet the domestic requirements but also be a part of the value chain worldwide,” Arun Gupta, director-general, Tepc said.
Consequently, the telecom department would certify the companies meeting the requirements of the Indian trusted sources. The department, as a part of security assurance testing initiative, has earlier proposed to seek the source code from multinational original equipment makers, a move that was vehemently opposed by them.
Gupta, however, said that as much as 80% of the core and radio network products in the telecom sector, is readily available for deployment with the Indian companies, which are capable to supply competitive and end-to-end secure equipment to the government entities including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as well as private service providers. Telecom Techie
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