Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Top ministers discuss ‘ban’ on Chinese 5G equipment

The govt has begun consultations at the highest level to decide on a possible ban on Chinese 5G equipment.

, TNN|
Last Updated: Jul 01, 2020, 03.41 PM IST
India-China standoff: After apps, top ministers now discuss ‘ban’ on Chinese 5G equipment
India-China standoff: After apps, top ministers now discuss ‘ban’ on Chinese 5G equipment


(This story originally appeared in on Jun 30, 2020)
NEW DELHI: The government has begun consultations at the highest level to decide on the use of 5G technology, which is seen as a precursor to a possible bar on the use of equipment from Chinese companies, such as those sold by Huawei, when India rolls out the high-speed network.

Top ministers discussed the issue at a meeting on Monday. The talks came along with the discussion to block 59 Chinese apps, which are facing allegations of snooping on millions of unsuspecting users and illegally transmitting the data to China.

While the details of the discussions were not immediately available, sources told TOI that the participation of Huawei and some of its Chinese rivals is at the heart of the deliberations. The auction of 5G spectrum has been postponed by at least a year in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, which was first discovered in Wuhan, as well as the weak financial position of some of the prospective bidders such as Vodafone Idea, which are battling for survival.

Huawei has already been banned by the Donald Trump administration, at least until next year, with American authorities also trying to convince other trade partners such as the UK and India to follow in its footsteps. The company has always been under a cloud with its founder linked to the PLA.

With tension rising at the border, the department of telecommunications has asked state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd to disallow Chinese participation in its 4G tender, while signaling to private players that equipment manufactured by companies from across the border was not welcome in India. In fact, the statement by Cellular Operators Association of India, which opposed curbs on Chinese telecom gear, has not gone down well with the telecom department.
(Catch all the Business News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on The Economic Times.)

Also Read

Huawei controversy opens field for 5G challengers

Data theft, security issues key in selecting 5G vendors

ITI Ltd ties up with Tech Mahindra for 5G tech

Xiaomi Mi 10 5G review: A power-packed performer

Qualcomm brings 5G to more affordable smartphones with Snapdragon 690

Qualcomm pushes 5G tech into chips for cheaper phones

Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.

Other useful Links

Copyright © 2020 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service