NSN brands India rules unfeasible
Nokia Siemens Networks has become the second western vendor in a week to say India’s strict security rules are unworkable.
The equipment maker revealed it has told India’s government that its requirement for vendors to supply information that allows security forces to monitor communications sent over its networks are unfeasible.
It has requested the government allow vendors to develop another method for granting access to encrypted communications, India’s Financial Express reported.
NSN marketing head Barry French told the newspaper the source codes India wants placed in escrow accounts is updated too frequently to be of any use, noting it would quickly become invalid.
Spokesman Ben Roome told Telecoms Europe.net the firm hopes that “any policy formation would happen as a result of open dialogue,” and welcomed the intervention of the prime minister’s office, which ordered a review of the rules in August.
Nokia Siemens' comments come a week after Ericsson revealed it didn’t bid for a $450 million (€326 million) GSM supply contract from Indian carrier BSNL because of the rules, and follow a raft of criticism over the requirements from other western vendors.