After Germany questioned whether there was evidence to ban Huawei, news came from India: Huawei was allowed to participate in the 5G test. It is undoubtedly a good thing for Huawei, who is in the Five-Eye Alliance to hang together.
According to the Times of India on December 18, Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications giant, has been allowed to participate in the 5G test in India, which marks a new and goodwill political atmosphere between the leaders of two neighbouring countries.
As early as early as October, the CEO of Huawei India said that Huawei had been invited by the Indian government to conduct a 5G test on September 27.
On November 5, the Hong Kong Economic Daily quoted industry insiders as saying that Huawei had conducted its first 5G test with Bharti Airtel, Indias largest operator.
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Huawei was once not allowed to test in print
Chinas Huawei and ZTE were not invited when the Indian government initially extended a 5G invitation to global telecommunications equipment manufacturers, the Times of India reported. Before that, Huawei had set up a large centre in India. The company had raised objections to certain policies, and the Indian government eventually revised the policy to allow Huawei to participate in the countrys 5G test. ZTE has yet to receive any invitation.
In an invitation to Huawei, the Indian telecommunications minister asked Huawei to participate in the 5G test and even praised its development of telecommunications business in India. Other telecommunications equipment vendors invited include Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung.
Observer noted that on September 14, the Indian media reported that the Indian telecommunications sector had banned Huawei and ZTE from participating in Indias 5G test and cooperation.
At that time, reports pointed out that the Indian governments move may cause Huawei to face major setbacks in India, and its turnover in India is expected to decline from $1.2 billion in 2017 to $700 million to $800 million.
However, the head of Huaweis Indian branch said that the 5G test between Indian operators and Huawei was in progress.
On October 5, the media again quoted PTI reports that Jay Chen, CEO of Huawei India, said Huawei had been invited by the Indian government to conduct a 5G test on September 27.
On November 5, Hong Kongs Economic Daily reported that Huawei stated that it had not encountered any business obstacles in conducting the 5G test in India and was preparing to conduct an ultra-high-speed 5G service test with local partners early next year.
The report also quoted industry insiders as saying that although Huawei did not disclose specific partners, the partners are likely to be Airtel, Indias largest mobile operator. In fact, earlier this year, Bharti Airtel conducted its first 5G test. However, Bharti Airtel did not comment on the above information.
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Printing Media: or Geopolitical Impacts
The Times of India mentioned the detention of Huawei CFO and founders daughter Meng Wanzhou in Canada, as well as possible links between Huawei and the Chinese military.
Given that China is Indias biggest strategic challenge, the Indian governments decision to allow Huawei to occupy a place in Indias 5G ecosystem may have geopolitical implications, the report quoted sources as saying.
India did not clarify Huaweis security issues, but sources said there was an unwritten provision against Chinas investment in key infrastructure industries. The Indian government has set up a high-level 5G forum, including ministers of telecommunications, science and technology, electronics and IT and some experts.
Data show that in 2017, global sales of mobile network devices amounted to $32 billion, with Huawei accounting for 28%.
Recently, the United States has asked its allies and other close partners not to use Huawei equipment.
On December 13, the Australian Financial Review exclusively disclosed that the Western intelligence group Five Eyes Alliance had conspired to hang Huawei in July. Later in the second half of the year, the United States, Britain, Australia, New Ceylon and Canada launched a dense siege against Huawei. Subsequently, Andrew Hampton, Director-General of the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), denied the collusion.
Germany and other European powers have imposed restrictions on Chinas investment in science and technology, and Japan, an ally of the United States, is likely to follow suit.
In response, Huawei said in a statement: As a leading global telecom equipment supplier, we are committed to developing reliable security solutions for our customers. We continue to enjoy the full support of our government and industry partners. We have a good record of doing business in India and continue to work closely with the Indian Government and other industry stakeholders.
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Industry organizations defend Huawei
On December 17, Indian media Telecom reported that the Indian Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Commission (TEPC) was planning to seek restrictions on Huawei for national security reasons. The Indian Mobile Operators Association (COAI) defended Huawei that day.
In a letter to the Indian telecommunications minister, the industry group urged the government not to make any decisions based on the so-called concerns raised by TEPC. TEPC is required not to submit any comments to the National Security Adviser without consulting the telecommunications sector, operators and the organization.
On the other hand, Huawei said it had not received any official note and TEPCs report or statement had no evidence to support it.
The Indian Mobile Operators Association also asked the government to conduct a due diligence on the issue, saying any move to exclude specific companies based on rumors could jeopardize Indias ambitions for digital communications.
The organization further added that the Ministry of Telecommunications of India has the ability to determine on its own whether there are any security issues and take appropriate measures to ensure that the security of users and the country is not compromised.
Huawei has the corresponding capabilities to help operators and industries build 5G capabilities in business, organization and ecosystem, and to ensure that they fully meet all government requirements, Rajna Mathews, Director-General of the Indian Mobile Operators Association, said in the letter.
Pushing Huawei down, India cant achieve its goals on time
India lags behind other Asian countries in telecommunications technology. The global LTE report released in 2018 shows that the average speed of Indias 4G is only 6.07 Mbps, which is 10 Mbps lower than the global average.
Unwilling to lag behind, Indias telecommunications minister proposed to speed up the construction of 5G network services within four years and provide complete 5G services in 2022. Therefore, India urgently needs to find reliable network providers to help them out of the dilemma. To crack down on Huawei, or to make India pay a price.
At present, Indian telecom operators have chosen Huawei as their partner. Earlier this year, Bharti Airtel said that they had successfully conducted Indias first 5G network experiment with Huawei in Haryana, near Delhi, and expressed the hope of working closely with Huawei to build a strong 5G ecosystem in India.
In addition, Vodafone, the mainstream operator, has chosen to cooperate with Huawei.
In November 2017, Vodafone and Huawei completed the first 5G new air connection test in Milan in Italy, marking a significant step forward in Vodafones 5G network deployment plan.
On February 21 this year, Vodafone and Huawei completed their first 5G call in the world.
On December 11, Aldo Bisio, CEO of Vodafone Italian Company, expressed his recognition of Huaweis position in the industry and leadership in the 5G field at an event. He pointed out that Huawei is the best partner of 5G network, not only Vodafone (chose Huawei).