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Huawei ready to start 5G trials in India after permission from govt: CEO

The official, however, said that the Chinese company has not received any objection from the Indian government so far

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Huawei India CEO Jay Chen
Huawei India CEO Jay Chen

Politics is behind the debate and developments around security threat from equipment in various countries, India CEO said Tuesday.

The official, however, said that the Chinese company has not received any objection from the Indian government so far.

"Politics is behind all this," Chen told reporters here when asked about countries talking about security threat from telecom equipment.

Some countries, including Australia, have banned Huawei equipment for 5G rollout, while the US government bodies have raised security concerns around the Chinese telecom gear firms.

"We believe this is because of politics. Up till now in my communication with Indian government, nobody has told us you are a problem," Chen said.

The Huawei leadership has made a commitment that they will prefer to close down the company if they are unable to secure data on the network of customers, he said.

Telecom export body TEPC in December requested to ban purchase of equipment from Chinese like Huawei, ZTE and Fiberhome for government networks, claiming they can pose a serious national security threat.

TEPC has been set up by the government to promote telecom export from India. However, telecom minister Manoj Sinha denied in Parliament having any proposal to consider ban on telecom gears and equipment made by Huawei.

The company has given presentation before the to start 5G trials in India and is waiting for its approval, Chen said.

"No body has yet started field trials of 5G in India. Whenever the permission comes, Huawei will also be one among those who will start 5G trials in India," he said.

Huawei India Chief Technology Officer Radhey Shyam Sarda said the company has already started installing some of in Indian and more will be done soon as evolve and demand for 5G starts coming in.

He said that Huawei leads 5G technology patents and approved standards developed till date as per the third party estimates.

"We have already taken lead by developing first 5G chipset last year. This year Huawei will launch 5G smartphones and we expect to see 30 devices across industry for to be available by end of this year," Sarda said.

First Published: Tue, February 19 2019. 18:55 IST