HFCL Limited (HFCL), a leading innovation led telecom enterprise has been recognized as the ‘Trusted Source’ by National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), part of National Security Council who advises the Prime Minister’s Office on matters of national security and strategic interest.
With this approval, HFCL has become the ‘Trusted Source’ for all Indian Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) for sourcing their telecom active network products and infrastructure and has become one of the few companies to have received the ‘Trusted Source’ approval in the country.
The government launched Trusted Telecom Portal in June 2021 under the Cyber Wing of the NSCS to bring enhanced supervision and effective control over nationwide telecom networks. The development has come following the government’s efforts to ensure security of telecom networks, especially with fifth generation (5G) service on the anvil.
To address the problem of increase in cyberattacks, intelligence gathering, which comes, laced with the growth in data consumption, the government of India announced the directives which mandated the Indian TSPs to connect their networks only on those new devices designated as ‘Trusted Products’ from ‘Trusted Sources’.
Trusted Products are products whose critical components and the products themselves are sourced from Trusted Sources.
HFCL with its recent foray in development of 5G transport and radio products based on open RAN standards, intends to address the ever growing need for ubiquitous and affordable data connectivity. Backed by strong innovation and R&D capabilities, HFCL is working to expand its portfolio of telecom products and supply its next generation products not only to Indian TSPs but also to global telecom players.
HFCL’s Promoter & Managing Director, Mahendra Nahata said, “We are delighted to receive the approval as a ‘Trusted Source’ from NSCS and are fully committed to continue serving our TSP partners with our wide range of products and services. The development will lead to cement HFCL’s position further in the telecom sector thereby amplifying the growth opportunities for HFCL. Our inclusion in the select list as one of the trusted sources is a distinguished achievement and reinforces our commitment to delivering Make in India world-class products/solutions and contribute to further accelerating our PM’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat with greater zeal.”