The government of India has deferred to 01 April 2014, the date from which it plans to test all imported mobile phones, Sim cards, 3G and LTE base stations, customer database servers, among other core network devices for bugs and malicious software, reports The Economic Times. The document for accreditation of testing labs is now likely to be released by October, instead of September, while the accreditation process itself will start from 01 January 2014, according to an internal telecom department document seen by the newspaper. The new testing regime was previously expected to start in October, but was pushed back due to delays in certifying test centres.
The Department of Telecom (DoT), in consultation with software firm Wipro, had identified 25 product categories to be screened at an authorised test lab in India. Twelve of these items have been classified high risk, which need to be security checked. If implemented, mobile operators could be barred from using any imported telecommunication gear that is not deemed 'safe' by the proposed test lab.