Telecom operator Vodafone Concept has just lately awarded a community gear order of round Rs 200 crore to Chinese language firm ZTE, three sources conscious of the event mentioned.
The corporate has given orders for broadband community tools in telecom circles of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh (MP-CG), the sources instructed PTI.
“Vodafone Concept has awarded an order of round Rs 200 crore to ZTE,” one of many sources mentioned.
The matter has been delivered to the discover of the Nationwide Safety Council Secretariat (NSCS), which manages the Trusted Telecom Portal and gives clearance for permissible telecom gears, they added.
An e-mail question despatched to Vodafone Concept elicited no response.
Two sources talked about that the order has been given for Gujarat and MP-CG circles, whereas one in every of them talked about that the order additionally consists of the Maharashtra circle.
The Cupboard Committee on Safety on December 16, 2020, accepted the Nationwide Safety Directive on Telecommunication Sector, which mandates service suppliers to buy tools from trusted sources.
Beneath the provisions of this directive, the federal government declares a listing of trusted sources and merchandise for set up within the nation’s telecom community.
All works associated to the directive are carried by the trusted telecom portal. The listing of trusted sources and the product is set based mostly on the approval of a committee headed by the deputy nationwide safety advisor.
The directive, nonetheless, doesn’t have an effect on annual upkeep contracts or updates to current tools already inducted within the community earlier than the directive got here into impact.
After this directive, Chinese language gamers haven’t been in a position to safe orders for 5G telecom gear.
An official supply mentioned that somebody has raised an objection to the award earlier than NSCS, which is able to look into the matter.