Huawei alleges US lobbying against it in India


BARCELONA: Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei has alleged that the US is lobbying against the company in India.

“The US is lobbying against Huawei in India and everybody knows that,” Jay Chen, chief executive of Huawei India told reporters in Barcelona.

Huawei has come under global scrutiny after the US raised security concerns regarding 5G equipment, given the former’s perceived proximity to the Chinese government. The US has asked its allies to ban 5G gear from Huawei. Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia have acquiesced.

Huawei has now sought evidence from the US and accused other governments of wrongdoing, and has said that such information, if any, should at least be disclosed to carriers.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had earlier this month cautioned allies that deploying equipment from Huawei in their respective countries would make it more difficult for the US to partner with them, a Reuters report dated 11 February said.

Replying to security related concerns in India, Huawei’s James Wu, president, Southern -East Asia region at Huawei Technologies said that the company’s local teams are having detailed dialogues and have a communications plan for the India market.

“Up till now, we haven’t received any concerns from the India government…As tech company, Huawei is ready to talk to all stakeholders in India and engage them with extensive consultations,” he added.

Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan on Wednesday said that the government is yet to take a decision on whether to allow Chinese gear makers to take part in 5G trials, saying the government would examine all security-related issues on the back of apprehensions raised by various countries.

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Chen said that the telecom department is putting efforts to carefully study cyber security issues which are a part of the global industry joined efforts to build and strengthen universal cyber security standards.

He added that the company is leading in terms of complying with a majority of security parameters for global 5G standard.

“The China govt gave clear clarification that they never ask about data. Chinese data law is same as many countries,” he added.

The executive said that it will be in a position to launch 5G field trials with partner telcos in India within 20 days of the allocation of the trial spectrum. It has also started discussions with academia and telcos to set up a 5G test bed to test the technology and identify new use cases.

“If we get spectrum for trials, within 20 days we can start the 5G trials involving all stakeholders. We have been talking to the government. We will be the first to do it,” Chen said.


(The reporter is in Barcelona to cover the Mobile World Congress at the invitation of Huawei.)





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