India to start secure phone system for intra governmental communications in June 2012

Telecom Lead India: The India Government is planning to start a secure phone system
for Intra Governmental classified communications from June 2012.


The government has developed secure phone system which
will provide end to end encryption for security of the communication.


These phones are proposed to be allotted based on the
requirement of the user Ministry/Department/State Government in consultation
with Ministry of Home affairs, according to Milind Deora, minister of State of
Communications and Information Technology.


This will be a major setback to both telecom operators
and telecom equipment vendors operating in India. This means that the
government does not trust the network offered by service providers and telecom
equipment vendors who are offering infrastructure.


There has been wide spread apprehension about security threats
on communication networks. Moreover, Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei was
under the scanner of the government due to security reasons. It faced similar
issues in other countries as well.


Recently, Huawei denied these issues and said the company
addresses demands of operators and the government.


India Government may set up its own secure telecom network


DoT is keen to set-up a pan-India secure network with an
estimated cost of Rs 450 crore, providing a fool-proof infrastructure for
telecom and internet communication exclusively for government use.


To develop and deploy a pan-India secure network and network-based services
such as e-mail, voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP), mobile communication
through a survivable and available network architecture for secured
communication for government use with a government funding of Rs 450 crore.

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