was issued three Mandatory Testing Certification of Telecommunication Equipment (MTCTE) (dated November 4, 9 27) for conducting the trial and testing,’’ he said.
This happened despite the government asking telecom companies
to reduce their dependence on Chinese equipment makers, another person in the know said.
Last week, in a fresh notice, the department has put the certificates in abeyance. Similar certificates issued to other telecom equipment vendors have also been put in abeyance.
“Huawei India received the certificates as part of MTCTE Phase-2 procedure. We will fully support the authorities and continue to comply with MTCTE or any other requirements as per the law of the land,” the company’s spokesperson said.
It is learnt that Huawei had started shipping the PON (passive optical network) equipment from the Chinese ports, but had to halt the process as the certification is on hold for now.
Recently, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) was directed by the Union government to stop using Chinese equipment for 4G rollout. The firm was even asked to rework its tender for sourcing 4G equipment to mainly encourage domestic gear makers.
DoT had, on June 17, asked the telecom company to cancel its tender for the roll-out of 4G. A reworked tender, to be floated later, was likely to contain provisions spelling out the ban on Chinese telecom gear vendors.
Although there was no ban on purchasing gears from Chinese telecom equipment vendors, the government has been placing “comprehensive security conditions” for such vendors as part of the licensing norms.