Telcos see rise in costs if Chinese cos kept out


New Delhi: Mobile phone service providers are said to have called on the government to keep operational continuity in mind while deciding on whether to allow Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE to participate in rolling out 5G networks. If the Chinese vendors are kept out now, telcos will face time and cost overruns in seeking equipment from alternative vendors, leading to supply and cost issues, industry executives said, asking not to be identified.

“This is a matter on which the government has to take a decision and the industry will comply. We are hopeful that the government will take into consideration the industry’s requirements, including continuity of operations to serve a billion Indians,” SP Kochhar, director-general of the COAI, told ET.





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