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Nokia Siemens Wins Idea Contract After India Approval

Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Nokia Siemens Networks, the joint venture of Nokia Oyj and Siemens AG, won an order from India’s Idea Cellular Ltd. after getting security clearances from the South Asian country’s government.

New phone-license rules in India require vendors to submit equipment designs so they can be scanned for security threats and malware. The government allowed Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. of China in July to sell network equipment to local carriers after they agreed to such checks.

“Nokia Siemens Networks is getting clearances for customer applications made as per the initial self-certification process,” the company said in an e-mail today.

An earlier security guideline issued by India’s Department of Telecommunications mandated mobile-phone companies importing network equipment to certify their security compliance before placing a final purchase order.

Finland’s Communication Minister Suvi Linden had said on Dec. 10 that India’s demands of access to hardware and software design were “impossible to meet” for Nokia Siemens. The company said this month it was proposing “alternate means” for India to meet its security concerns.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ketaki Gokhale in Mumbai at kgokhale@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net

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