India invited Huawei to participate in the 5G test, local media: show goodwill

 India invited Huawei to participate in the 5G test, local media: show goodwill

Huawei, a Chinese high-tech enterprise, has been invited to take part in the 5G test in India, said Hu Bofeng, a special correspondent for the Global Times in India. The Times of India reported on the 18th that Indias action shows the political goodwill between the Chinese and Indian leadership at a time when Western countries have questioned Huawei. Against the background of the political repression of Huawei by the United States allies, India has some echoes, but others have come forward to speak fairly. On the 17th, the Indian Telecom Operators Association wrote to the government that any exclusion of certain companies based on hearsay could damage the countrys digital communications prospects.

According to the Times of India, in addition to Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung were also invited to participate in the 5G test in India. Huawei and ZTE did not initially receive an invitation for 5G testing from the Indian government, but India eventually revised its policy to allow Huawei to participate in the testing, while ZTE has not yet received an invitation. In an invitation letter to Huawei, Indian Telecom Minister Aluna Sandaraj also praised the development of Huaweis telecommunications business in India. According to the article, sources said that it was unwritten for India to oppose Chinas investment in key infrastructure areas. Given that China is Indias biggest strategic challenge, the Indian governments decision has geopolitical implications.

Huaweis Indian subsidiary told Global Times on the 18th that Huawei had never received any security concerns from the Indian government. The company is committed to providing reliable and secure product solutions to its customers. Privacy and security are always Huaweis priorities. Huawei has a good business record in India and will continue to work closely with the Indian government and other industry stakeholders, the Times of India also quoted Huaweis statement as saying.

The Ministry of Telecommunications of India announced in September this year that it will set up a special working group to realize 5G technology with Indian characteristics by 2019. After that, the debate on whether to allow Chinese enterprises to participate in the construction of 5G core equipment rose and fell. According to the Economic Times of India on July 17, the TEPC, which is responsible for promoting the export of telecommunication equipment in India, has written to Indian National Security Adviser Doval asking the government to ban the import of telecommunication equipment made by Chinese companies such as Huawei on the basis of national security considerations. Huaweis equipment can be operated outside India, and some of it has been used in the highly sensitive northeastern part of the border dispute between the two countries, Naga, the commissions director, told the media.

The Indian Telecom Operators Association, a local industry organization, publicly supports Huawei. According to the Economic Times, in a letter to the Ministry of Telecommunications, the association appealed to the government not to rush to make a decision on the basis of the so-called problems raised by TEPC. Any exclusion of certain enterprises on the basis of rumors may damage the prospects of digital communications in the country as a whole. Rajina Matthew, Director-General of the Association, said that Huawei has the ability to help operators and the industry prepare to build 5G services in operation, organization and the most important ecosystem, and to ensure full compliance with all government requirements.

An Indian analyst told the Global Times on the 18th that the Indian government re-listed Huawei on the 5G test list for maintaining the current good bilateral relations between the two countries, but also for geopolitical, national security and domestic public opinion considerations, it is too early to assert that Huawei will be able to participate in the construction of the 5G network in India.

According to media reports, the Czech National Network and Information Security Agency (NCISA) warned its domestic network operators on the 17th to ban the use of hardware and software products produced by Huawei and ZTE on the grounds of security threats. Czech news agency said that Huawei spokesman responded on the 17th: We firmly deny any claim that we pose a threat to national security, and we call on NCISA to provide evidence, rather than damage Huaweis reputation without any evidence.

Western repression has not hindered Huaweis development. Hu Houkun, vice chairman and rotating CEO of Huawei, said at a news conference held in Dongguan on August 18 that Huawei has won more than 25 5G commercial contracts, is a global leader in 5G commercial contracts, and has shipped more than 10,000 5G base stations. Huawei announced 22 5G business contracts in November, but did not disclose the names of its customers, Reuters said. Hu Houkun also said that the companys total revenue is expected to exceed $100 billion this year, and Huahuas revenue will be $92 billion in 2017. Despite some market efforts to create fear of Huawei and use politics to intervene in industry growth, we are proud to say that our customers still trust us, he said. When it comes to security charges, its better to let the facts speak. The fact is that Huaweis safety record is innocent.

Bloomberg News Agency said Wednesday that this was the first public statement made by senior Huawei executives after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, by Canada at the request of the United States. Hu Houkun said at a press conference that he did not see any immediate impact of the Meng Wanzhou incident on Huawei. The report quotes sources as saying that Huawei plans to invest $2 billion in improving software operations to respond to specific concerns of customers, businesses and governments until all security concerns are eliminated.

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