India has suggested a holding company, owned by all telecoms operators, for managing and building communication networks and taking responsibility for security, the Economic Times reported on Friday.
Telecom equipment suppliers such as Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, Huawei and Alcatel Lucent will have to make contracts with the new entity if the proposal is accepted, the newspaper cited an unnamed Department of Telecom (DoT) official as saying.
The move comes amid restrictions on equipment from Chinese vendors on concerns they may have spying technology embedded to intercept sensitive conversations and government documents that can endanger national security.
The government had said telecoms service providers should be responsible for the security of their networks, and New Delhi would be issuing instructions to help the carriers address security threats.
Last week, the government said it would hold consultations with telecoms sector players including service providers within a week to help address security threats in networks.