Telecom providers say wireline rollout is likely to be impacted, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: Telecom equipment suppliers like Nokia, Huawei and ZTE have announced that TEC’s move to postpone mandatory testing and certification for wired devices will affect deployment in the country.

The Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC), a node agency of the Ministry of Telecommunications, announced last week to all providers that the issued certifications had been suspended until further notice due to “anomalies” discovered during Phase II of Compulsory Testing and Certification of Telecommunications Equipment (MTCTE). ET saw a copy of the notice.

In phase 2, manufacturers of telecommunications equipment should receive certification for transmission terminal equipment, passive optical network families (PON) for broadband devices and feedback devices.

Sources familiar with the matter said these three vendors, along with smaller equipment suppliers like Netlink, White Water and Syrotech, had already received certification from the TEC.

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“It could have an impact on the wireline rollout in India since it’s December and that’s when companies are closing their books. The equipment should be imported after certification is obtained, ”a senior executive from one of the major telecommunications equipment providers told ET.

Another senior executive said his company would contact TEC for clarification about certification.

“Huawei India has received the certificates as part of the MTCTE phase 2 process. We will fully support the authorities and continue to meet MTCTE or other requirements under the legal requirements of the country,” a Huawei India spokesman said in a statement to ET .

A Nokia India spokesperson said it was very important that the testing and certification process remained strong and robust. “We are very confident that TEC will take the right steps and lift the interruption soon so that OEMs like Nokia and our customers do not have to face delivering critical broadband solutions across the country.”

Requests sent to ZTE did not trigger a response.

India had mandated certification for the sale, import and use of telecommunications equipment in India from October 1, 2020.

TEC had formed eight working groups last month to create a roadmap for the use of 5G or 5G in various sectors such as agriculture, fintech, transport and education. Among them were members of the Chinese provider Huawei, who will deal with the areas of healthcare and fintech.