Monday, April 19, 2021

India Bans Chinese Telecom Companies For 5G Collaboration

Why is India banning Chinese telecom companies to partner in 5G Rollout? India due to security and snooping concerns (just like the US and Australia) has barred Chinese phone manufacturers from partnering with telecom firms for the rollout of 5G data services. Experts cite China’s expertise to use 5G compatible equipment to spy on other nations and its restrictive trade policy as the key motivation behind the move. 

“We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia and other Telecom companies to partner us in 5G technology-based trials. However, we have excluded Huawei from these trials: Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan

“We have barred Huawei from these trials due to security reasons. Indian Telecom Experts, while supporting the Indian government’s decision, confirmed that Chinese companies were highly proficient in spying.

“Chinese organisations ZTE and Huawei were previously banned by Australia and USA, so India has rightly taken this decision of not inviting them to partner in 5G trials in the national interest. These organisations are being seen as Chinese agents and it is speculated that their devices may be subject to Chinese snooping activities.

Commenting on the Indian government’s move, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Chinese government always promotes its corporations to adhere to international and local rules when pursuing an economic cooperation. We also expect that all nations could offer a transparent and fair environment to Chinese businesses.

Earlier Moves By India

Earlier in 2010, India had banned Chinese telecom equipment, eventually permitting it only after China agreed to rigorous security inspections. Since 5G technology is new to India, it looks like the government only wants to work with trusted partners.

Chinese firms have gradually made strong inroads into India’s burgeoning mobile phone and data market industry in the last few years. India permits up to 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom sector, but it requires approval from the government. The Government appointed board constantly reviews investor profiles, including whether the entity belongs to a friendly or unfriendly nation. Despite these checks, Chinese companies invested an estimated $2 billion in 2017 in India.

More News at EurAsian Times

Featured News

As MiG-35 Gets Neural Links, IAF Pilot Says India Must Prioritize ‘Capabilities Over Platform’

Russia’s MiG Corporation is developing smart target recognition systems based on neural networks for MiG series aircraft, especially the 4++ generation MiG-35 fighter, the...

Why Is India Not On The Same Page With Its ‘Democratic Allies’ On Myanmar’s Military Regime?

Days after condemning the ongoing violence in Myanmar at the United Nations, India has again changed its tone with regard to the country's military...

China, Russia Or Aliens: Why Is There A Sudden Surge In UFO Sightings Over US Military Bases?

The sudden surge in the "UFO" sightings over US military bases and naval assets may be attributed to deliberate incursions by enemy spy drones. Defense...

US-India EEZ Row: US ‘Tones Down’ Naval Ops Squabble In India’s Maritime Zone; China Calls It QUAD Dilemma

After calling it an innocent ‘passage’, the US has further toned down the controversy surrounding its naval operation in India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ)...

China To Conduct Most Rapid Expansion Of Nuclear Weapons & Delivery Mechanism Ever — US Report

China will continue its efforts to spread its influence, undercut that of the United States, drive wedges between Washington and its allies and partners,...