China expresses concern, regrets India keeping out Huawei, ZTE from 5G trials

China has rebutted strongly to Indian government’s decision to bar Chinese telecom gear vendors from participating in 5G trials, a move which is unfair, discriminatory and harms “their legitimate rights and interests,” it said.

“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,” the Chinese embassy said in a statement on Wednesday after Huawei and ZTE were not given the nod to participate in 5G trials.

“Relevant Chinese companies have been operating in India for years, providing mass job opportunities and making contribution to India’s infrastructure construction in telecommunications. 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,” it said.

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT), on Tuesday, okayed applications of Bharti Airtel Ltd, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd,

and MTNL to tie up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers, which are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT.

Initially in 2019, Airtel and Vodafone Idea had applied to partner with Huawei and ZTE in select circles. But following the Sino-India border tensions which erupted last year, telcos were asked to submit names of “priority vendor” partners.

In Tuesday’s announcement, names of Chinese players Huawei and ZTE were missing from the list of 13 applications from telcos which were approved by the government, in a clear signal that the two gear makers would not be a part of India’s 5G deployments as well.

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“The Chinese side hopes that India could do more to enhance mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries, and provide an open, fair, just, and non-discriminatory investment and business environment for market entities from all countries, including China, to operate and invest in India,” it said.

Telcos have been allowed to perform testing in the mid band (3.2-3.67GHz), millimetre wave band (24.25-28.5GHz) and sub gigahertz band (700GHz) along with their existing spectra in the 800MHz, 900Mhz, 1,800MHz and 2,500MHz frequencies, during this trial phase.

They have been encouraged to conduct trials using indigenously developed 5Gi technology in addition to the already known 5G technology.



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