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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Who will be responsible for the dent in the telecom network? Telecom companies seek answers from the government

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Telecom companies have asked the government to clarify things after the implementation of the National Security Directive (NSD) on responsibility for breach of network security. Telecom operators have said that if there is a breach in security after the implementation of NSD, then which unit will be held responsible for this. Industry sources gave this information on Saturday.

Sources told PTI that the telecom operators have given their views on this in a meeting of National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) about one and a half weeks ago. The NSCS called this meeting to work on the design of reliable products. Senior regulatory officials of telecom service providers gave their views in this meeting.

A private operator official told PTI that the telecom companies want that if the government makes a list of reliable products installed in the network, then the guidelines should be clear about who will be responsible in the event of a break in the network.

Under the current rules, it is the responsibility of the telecom operator to break the security of the network. Another official said that two private companies have told the government that if China’s equipment is banned, the government will have to ensure price competitiveness protection.

Explain that the telecom infrastructure or tower companies are estimated to suffer a further loss of Rs 625 crore due to the current Goods and Services Tax (GST) rules. The Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (Taipa) said on Friday that companies in the sector do not get input tax credit (ITC) in the current GST regime. In a letter to the Department of Telecommunications, Taipa has shared the estimates that the industry will incur a loss of Rs 1.25 lakh to 1.5 lakh per tower.

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