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In a move to bring 5G technology to India, the Indian government has given approval for domestic telecom companies like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL to conduct 5G trials.
However, none of these companies will be using the established technologies of Chinese entities, because of the ongoing misunderstanding between the two nations.
A US State Department official had appreciated India for this move and stated the concerns about the dangers of using Chinese controlled networks and equipment that can be manipulated and disrupted.
During his daily news conference on Tuesday, May 11, Ned Price, the State Department spokesperson, said: “This was a sovereign decision on the part of the Indian government, so we refer you to the Government of India for any comment on that decision”.
“But I would say more broadly, it is true that we are deeply concerned about the dangers of installing networks with equipment that can be manipulated, disrupted or potentially controlled by the PRC (People’s Republic of China).
“Allowing untested, untrusted telecommunication suppliers, like Huawei or ZTE, to participate in or to have any control over any part of a 5G network creates unacceptable risks to national security, to critical infrastructure, to privacy and to human rights as well,” Price said.
China last week regretted the decision by Indian authorities to not allow Chinese telecom companies to conduct 5G trials in India.
“We noted relevant notification, and express concern and regret that Chinese telecommunications companies have not been permitted to conduct 5G trials with Indian telecom service providers in India,” Chinese embassy spokesperson Wang Xiaojian said in New Delhi.
“To exclude Chinese telecommunications companies from the trials will not only harm their legitimate rights and interests but also hinder the improvement of the Indian business environment, which is not conducive to the innovation and development of related Indian industries,” Wang said.
Last year, the US designated Huawei and ZTE as “national security threats”, saying they have close ties to the Chinese Communist Party and China’s military apparatus, and they are broadly subject to Chinese law obligating them to cooperate with the country’s intelligence services.