Govt clears demo by Huawei for 5G tech

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Pankaj.Do­val @times­

New Delhi: With just days to go be­fore visit of Chi­nese pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to In­dia, the govern­ment has al­lowed con­tro­ver­sial Chi­nese tele­com equip­ment maker Huawei to par­tic­i­pate in the 5G use case de­mos dur­ing the In­dia Mo­bile Congress (IMC) that be­gins in the cap­i­tal next week (Oc­to­ber 14 and Oc­to­ber 16).

How­ever, the govern­ment has not yet taken any fi­nal de­ci­sion on par­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­pany in the up­com­ing wider and broad-based 5G tri­als that give an op­por­tu­nity to com­pa­nies to show­case their tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess more ef­fec­tively.

It is un­der­stood that Huawei will present the use cases in part­ner­ship with Air­tel and Voda­fone-Idea, the two tele­com op­er­a­tors with which it en­joys very deep re­la­tion­ships. “The com­pany has re­ceived per­mis­sion, and we are hope­ful to see de­mos that show us ben­e­fits of mi­grat­ing to a 5G regime,” an of­fi­cial source told TOI.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion of Huawei in 5G de­mos is be­ing seen with sus­pi­cion, since the govern­ment has not yet given any goa­head to par­tic­i­pa­tion of the com­pany in 5G trails. “It will be in­cor­rect to link this per­mis­sion to tri­als. That is a dif­fer­ent mat­ter and is be­ing con­sid­ered sep­a­rately. No de­ci­sion has been made on the tri­als so far,” the source said.

When con­tacted, Huawei ex­pressed hap­pi­ness at be­ing given a go-ahead for IMC. “We are thank­ful to the In­dian govern­ment for its con­tin­ued trust and sup­port to­wards Huawei. We be­lieve it is the ex­pec­ta­tion of the in­dus­try that all ven­dors and par­tic­i­pants should come to this premier show with their lat­est so­lu­tions show­case. This is also the for­mat on which IMC has been de­signed. We will con­tinue to col­lec­tively show­case our lead­ing so­lu­tions along with all other par­tic­i­pants to make IMC a suc­cess,” Jay Chen, CEO of Huawei In­dia, said.

It is be­lieved that the govern­ment has said that all tele­com equip­ment ven­dors, in­clud­ing Nokia and Eric­s­son, should share the 5G spec­trum with each other. “In­dus­try body COAI will co­or­di­nate this shar­ing, and this should be done with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

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