China welcomed India’s decision to allow Huawei to participate in India’s 5G network test, the Economic Times of India reported Monday. Sun Weidong, China’s ambassador to India, said on social media on the evening of December 31 last year, “It is great to learn that all telecommunications companies have been given equal opportunities to participate in the India 5G test.” This is a welcome move that will help to implement initiatives such as Digital India. It is hoped that Chinese companies will continue to enjoy an open and transparent business environment and fair competition in India to achieve win-win cooperation. ”
India’s telecommunications minister, Prasad, told the media on December 30 th that Huawei was allowed to participate in India’s 5G network tests, that India had not restricted any companies from participating in the country’s 5G tests, and that the government would allocate 5G spectrum to all telecommunications service providers and operators for 5G network testing. The Economic Times says this is the first time since the Sino-US trade war that India has made an official position on whether huawei should be allowed to participate in the 5G test.
Despite concerns from India’s key strategic partners, the United States and Indian security experts, Huawei’s competitive price and other factors ultimately led India to decide to allow it to participate in the 5G test, the Economic Times said. An Indian source familiar with the situation told the Economic Times that the second informal summit of Indian and Chinese leaders was a boost to India’s decision to allow Huawei to participate in the 5G test.
People familiar with the matter also said that, like other countries, India would need time to be strong in this area, and that Huawei could provide cost-effective equipment for non-core divisions, a capability that could be validated by 5G tests. In addition, India could test Huawei’s commitment not to set up a “back door” for its devices, while allowing India to test America’s competitiveness in this area, as Germany and the UK have done.
Regarding India’s ability to allow Huawei to participate in the 5G trial, Chen Jie, chief executive of Huawei India, said, “Technological innovation and high-quality networking are the keys to revitalizing India’s telecommunications industry.” We are confident that the Modi government will promote 5G development in India. We are confident that the Government of India and industry can work with the best possible technical cooperation to achieve India’s own long-term interests and cross-industry development.” The BBC reported on the 1st that The size of India’s telecommunications market is second only to China’s and is a market that no company can ignore.