June 05, 2013
by Economic Times

KOLKATA: Private telecom operators, apart from Government entities, will have to fall in line with the much awaited "preferential market access" or PMA policy, which progressively mandates 100% domestic sourcing of "security sensitive" electronics and telecom products. "Telecom services are sensitive from the security point of view and the PMA obligation must apply to all telecom licencees who must be responsible for compliance in respect of telecom products used in their networks," says the final draft PMA notification circulated internally by the DoT, post-consultation with the commerce ministry.

The move comes even as International business lobbies, including the US-India Business Council, Information Technology Industry Council, Digital Europe and the Tele-communications Industry Association of US, amongst several others, warned this would represent an unprecedented interference in the procurement of commercial entities and be inconsistent with the country's obligations to the World Trade Organisation.

To continue reading, please visit the official Economic Times website.