Not including the Chinese firms indicate that the Government is following the US and Australia in limiting involvement of Chinese telecom equipment makers in the roll-out of the next-gen technology.
The telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said: “We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia, and telecom service providers to partner with us to start 5G technology-based trials, and have got positive response from them. We are going to set up core group in the department to push this (trials) further, so that by early next year, we would be able to demonstrate 5G use cases in India.”
She added: “We have excluded Huawei from these trials.”
She said that the government is planning to show case India-specific 5G use cases by early 2019.
As per analysts, this appears more a move to restrict government ties with Chinese equipment makers given the sensitive nature of security issues, especially after what happened in some other countries.