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Huawei not to be a part of participants in 5G trials in India

Major carriers Reliance Industries' Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea will conduct the trials along with state-run MTNL in urban, rural and semi-urban areas. India will also allow mobile carriers to carry out 5G trials with equipment makers including Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung's network unit. 

By: REUTERS
Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 17:02 IST
While India has not named the Chinese players as taking part in the six-month trials, which aim to test 5G gear and technology in different environments, it has not banned them from supplying 5G equipment to carriers. (MINT_PRINT)

India will allow mobile carriers to carry out 5G trials with equipment makers including Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung's network unit, the government said on Tuesday, but did not name China's Huawei among the participants.

Major carriers Reliance Industries' Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea will conduct the trials along with state-run MTNL in urban, rural, and semi-urban areas, the Ministry of Communications said in a statement.

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The statement did not mention Huawei and smaller Chinese rival ZTE among the participating network equipment suppliers.

Huawei declined to comment, while ZTE and the Indian ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the list of companies involved.

While India has not named the Chinese players as taking part in the six-month trials, which aim to test 5G gear and technology in different environments, it has not banned them from supplying 5G equipment to carriers.

Two government officials told Reuters in March, though, that New Delhi will likely block mobile carriers from using telecom equipment made by Huawei, under procurement rules due to come into force in June.

India is the world's second-biggest market by the number of phone users. Authorities are wary of awarding new technology businesses to Chinese companies because of security concerns, government sources have previously said, and a desire to help local telecom equipment manufacturers.

The government's telecoms department said in March that, after June 15, carriers can only buy certain types of equipment from state-approved "trusted sources" and said New Delhi could also create a "no procurement" list of banned suppliers.

Huawei and ZTE are likely to be on this embargoed list, Reuters reported in March.

“We welcome the government’s decision to start exhaustive 5G trials in different categories of locations across India. It will stimulate local R&D ecosystem to develop innovative applications tailored to commercial needs. It will enable TSPs to validate 5G technologies and use cases such as IoT and Industry 4.0. We hope the Govt. will also look into the industry's call for revisiting the 5G spectrum pricing,” said Lt. Gen. Dr. SP Kochhar, DG, COAI, speaking about the decision to start the trials. 

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First Published Date: 04 May, 19:32 IST

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