Telecom vendors say an impact on broadband is likely to develop, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: Telecom vendors like Nokia, Huawei and ZTE have said TEC’s decision to put mandatory tests and certifications for cable equipment will affect deployments in the country.

The Telecommunications Engineering Center (TEK), a nodal agency of the Department of Telecommunications, last week informed all vendors with notices that issued certificates were delayed until further notice due to an “anomaly” found in the Phase II process of Government Compulsory Testing and Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE). ET saw a copy of the notice.

Under phase 2, telecom equipment manufacturers are expected to receive a certificate of transmission terminal equipment, passive optical network (PON) of broadband equipment and feedback devices.

Sources familiar with the matter said that these three vendors along with smaller tool vendors like Netlink, White Water and Syrotech have already received the TEC certificate.

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“It could impact cable reporting in India since it’s December and then companies close their books. The equipment is said to have been imported upon receipt of a certificate,” a senior executive with one of the major telecom vendors told ET.

Another executive said his company will contact TEC to seek clarification explanations.

“Huawei India has received the certificates as part of a MTCTE Phase-2 procedure. We will fully support the authorities and continue to comply with MTCTE or any other requirements under the country’s law,” a Huawei India spokesman said in a statement to ET.

A representative of Nokia India said that it is very important that the testing and certification remains strong and robust. “We very much hope that TEC will take the right measures and soon cancel the break so that OEMs like Nokia and our customers do not face a disruption in deploying critical broadband solutions across the country.”

Questions sent to ZTE did not cause an answer.

India has required certification from October 1, 2020 for sale, import and use of telecommunication equipment in India.

TEC last month formed eight working groups to create a roadmap for the deployment of fifth generation or 5G in different sectors such as agriculture, fintech, transportation and education. It also included members of Chinese retail company Huawei, which will look at the medical and endeavor sectors.