India Set for Source Code U-Turn
According to The Economic Times, the government will no longer insist that technology source code be provided by overseas manufacturers (and held in escrow by a third party) as a prerequisite for doing business in India. (See India's Source Code Bombshell.)
However, equipment vendors would still be required to provide details of data recovery software modules that can be used by the Indian authorities in the event of a mobile network outage or security breach.
The source code issue has been brewing for months, ever since, following security concerns that held up equipment procurement procedures earlier this year, the Indian Government introduced new technology clearance rules. (See India Clears Way for Chinese Imports.)
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) protested vehemently against the rule, and refused to share its source code. This was the main reason why the Swedish giant did not participate in the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) GSM tender. (See Ericsson Balks at Source-Code Rule and Ericsson Holds Back on BSNL Bid.)
— Gagandeep Kaur, India Editor, Light Reading