The govt should undertake equipment testing suitably so that the outcome could fetch evidence, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said.
COAI director general Rajan S Mathews said: “There should be a level-playing field in approach and the safety criteria should not be based on as if you are from a particular country.”
The association represents telecom carriers such as Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, besides telecom equipment companies including Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE as well as technology giants – IBM, Google, and Facebook.
“If we have the right protocols, and equipment can be tested appropriately, only then the result can be backed by evidence,” Mathews said.
As of now, Huawei that has the highest number of 5G patents and India’s next-generation of network rollouts could be delayed by almost 2-3 years if India chooses to distance itself from the technology major.
Mathews added that 5G has security standards embedded in equipment, and can be tested, and that was how countries such as the United Kingdom (UK) was going ahead despite being influenced by the United States (US) to skip Huawei.