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TEMA raises the national security concern with Prime Minister

New Delhi, Dec 9 : The Indian Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) today expressed its concern over ‘too much dependability’ on the foreign telecommunication companies for the domestic telecommunication infrastructure, saying it will increase the vulnerability of national threat.

 

In a communication to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram, TEMA has raised the issue of susceptibility of the Indian telecommunication network to collapse at any critical juncture due to lack of initiative on the part of the UPA Government.

“The United States too has similar concerns as India’s.

They have taken the issue of large scale use of foreign made equipment in their telecom networks seriously,” TEMA Honorary Director General Mr Ashok K Aggarwal said in a statement.

“We are in a much worse condition, as almost all the critical sub systems of our nationwide telecom network have foreign equipment in it and we are not taking any concrete step in mitigating this potential threat which exists by promoting the use of indigenous equipments into the network.” In its communique, TEMA has drawn UPA Government’s attention towards the recent investigation initiated by the US House of Representative’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) to gauge the level of threat posed to the United States and take the necessary steps to mitigate the same.

“Our situation is no different than that of the US except that they are proactive, while we have yet to take necessary steps towards correcting the situation,” Mr Aggarwal added.

It its communication TEMA has suggested the government to take cognizance of this situation before it reaches an alarming proportion through continuous use of imported equipment.

TEMA has suggested to make it mandatory for the Indian telecom service providers to induct homemade equipment for which complete know-how and expertise in available in the country and is not be susceptible to hijacking the control by any foreign country through use of hidden spyware.

Established in 1990, TEMA is apex body to represent telecom technology providers.

 

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