The telecom department has canceled the tender issued for the 4G upgrade of the government telecom company BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited). The central government had refused to use Chinese equipment for upgrading from the government company, after which the Telecom Department has now canceled the tender issued for the upgrade. Now a new tender will be released.
It is known that in the new tender, the emphasis will be on increasing the Indian capacity in the region and promoting the use of indigenous technology. Accordingly, a new tender will be issued. There is a plan to promote the mission of Make in India. In such a situation, it is also believed that in this new tender, Chinese companies providing equipment for upgradation will be excluded from the list.
Apart from BSNL, the Central Government also directed MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited), another government communications company, not to use Chinese devices in 4G upgrade.
On June 17, it was reported that the Department of Telecommunications has told BSNL not to use Chinese goods due to security reasons. At the same time, it was also learned that the department has decided to work on the tender again in this regard. The department is also considering to reduce their dependence on Chinese companies' devices from private mobile service operators. Sources told NewsBust that the network security of equipment made by Chinese companies is always questionable, so the government is taking this big precautionary step in this direction.
In the recent past, the Central Government has promoted its 'Self-reliant India' campaign rapidly. At the same time, the government is also eyeing the interference of Chinese companies in different areas of the country. In the same order, just two days ago, the Center has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps in the country citing data safety, which included popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser, Helo and ShareIt.
Video: BSNL will be stopped from using Chinese devices- sources