Chinese firms could make it to India’s list of “trusted” suppliers of telecom equipment provided they fit the eligibility criteria currently under preparation, said a government official in the know. India’s national cybersecurity coordinator (NCSC) Lt. Gen. Rajesh Pant (retired) is working on these criteria since December. According to the official cited above, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the department of telecommunications (DoT) will issue the final list of approved manufacturers on a portal that will be launched in June. The portal will also act as a gateway for all suppliers whose equipment telecom operators want to procure.

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