Well, after being banned by US, Huawei has been trying hard to get back on track and it has asked India to make an informed and independent decision on permitting its 5G trials in the country. Huawei was recently banned in the US over the concerns of security and since then US has also been pressuring other countries to restrict the operations of Huawei. As of now, India has not taken any decision on this matter of allowing or stopping Huawei from participation in the 5G trials, scheduled to commence in 100 days.
Few weeks back, Indian Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced that India has its security issues over allowing Huawei to participate in the upcoming 5G trials and will be taking a firm view on it. He also added that “there are security issues, it is not only a matter of technology as regard their participation in 5G is concerned. Participation of 5G is not conditional upon the trial being started. He also said that heater a particular company is allowed to participate or not, is a complex question including security issues.
Commenting on this, Hawaii said that India should be taking. An independent decision and not get influenced by the US ban and provide an unbiased and non-discriminatory environment for the Chinese business. Furthermore, Huawei said that it received full support from India for about two decades for its operations and obtained Department of Telecom (DoT) invitation to conduct 5G trials.
It also said that it has received full support and confidence from India for about two decades for its operations in the country and over the concerns raised by Prasad, it replied that last year they have secured invitation from DoT to submit their proposal for 5G trials, conveying the Government’s confidence in Huawei for an early, efficient and pervasive deployment on 5G.
It has been proactively engaged with the government of India over the last few months and the feedback has been positive said Huawei. There are also confident that the Indian Government will be making an informed decision on 5G and provides level playing field to all vendors. It also said that, Huawei has long term strategy for India and will be keep investing there in people, business and operations.
Huawei quoted that it has recognised the importance of India as a talent base in 1999 when it has set-up its largest overseas R&D centre in Bengaluru and today after almost two decades of operation in the country, India is one of the largest and most localised presence outsize China for them. Moreover it also said that India should be taking independent view to protect its own network and data via its own standards, test mechanism and policies.
It is also important to address cyber-security risks through an evident and fact-based approach, introducing and balances with monitored participation rather than banning out of fear. Well, what do you thing? Should India allow Huawei to participate in the upcoming 5G trials? Let us know by commenting in the section below and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more.