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DoT Announces More Vendor-Friendly Security Provisions

01 Jun 2011     India

India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has publicized new modifications to its security rules, which foreign vendors had objected to.


In June and July of 2010, rules were put in place that required foreign vendors of telecommunications network equipment used in mobile networks to disclose their software source code to an escrow agent in India and provided penalties of up to 100% of contract value if any spyware or malware was found in the imported equipment. There were also requirements that vendors employ only Indian engineers in the maintenance of mobile network operators' networks.


Revisions to these regulations have been under consideration since August of 2010 when India's Prime Minister's Office asked the communications and home ministries to review them.


Under the new revisions the source code requirement goes away, and the maximum fine for a security breach is INR 5 million per incident.


These revisions are expected to make sales to Indian network operators more attractive again.


If you have any questions about the changes, please contact us any time.