Ericsson Balks at Source-Code Rule
According to the new amendments, operators will need to engage the services of international accredited network audit and certification agencies when importing telecom systems. As part of that process, they might need to hand over the source code of the technology being tested and certified for use in Indian carrier networks. (See India Clears Way for Chinese Imports.)
Ericsson is protesting against the sharing of source code and plans to place its code into an escrow account.
Since February this year, the Government has cleared only some equipment orders, citing security concerns. The issue will need to be resolved soon as the operators get ready to install and upgrade their networks for 3G and BWA rollout. (See Ericsson CFO: India Bottleneck Easing.)
It seems unlikely that Ericsson will be the only company seeking exemption from the proposed source-code rules.
— Gagandeep Kaur, India Editor, Light Reading