To avail the highest speed network 5G in India, the Indian government has decided to allow all the major telecom operators and equipment makers to participate in the it’s trials. These telecom operators and equipment makers include the Chinese tech giant, Huawei, as well. Huawei is banned in the US by the Donald Trump-led administration citing security reasons. The Donald Trump-led administration is mounting pressure on the several other countries as well to ban the Chinese giant technology company.
However, the Indian government seems to have sidelined the US concerns and have invited all the telecom operators including Huawei. The other telecom operators to be allowed to take part in the auction include Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE and Samsung. The Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said on Monday that the Indian government will allot the 5G spectrum to all the major telecom operators for it’s trials in the country.
“As part of our commitment to ensure faster roll out of 5G services in India, we have decided to give 5G spectrum for trials to all the players,” tweeted Prasad while announcing the news.
As part of our commitment to ensure faster roll out of 5G services in India, we have decided to give 5G spectrum for trials to all the players. pic.twitter.com/ZU5Ub0oeV0
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) December 30, 2019
When specifically asked if the Modi-led government is considering Huawei also in the 5G spectrum allotment, the minister said, “all players mean all players”. The minister further said that 5G is future and it is speed. “I would like new innovations by Indian players in 5G. 5G is future, it is speed. Therefore, we will encourage new innovations in 5G,” Prasad was quoted as saying by PTI.
The trials for the 5G high-speed network is speculated to begin in the last quarter of the current financial year. It is reported that seven telecom operators and equipment makers have sent their applications to the government for the 5G trials and are keen to participate. The government will prepare the details of the trials and announce its next step, most likely, on completion of the trials.