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Indian Government Permits Huawei Only For 5G Trials So Far: DoT Secretary

Along with the US, Canada and the UK some other European countries have raised concerns over snooping by the Chinese major

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Huawei permitted only for 5G trials so far: DoT Secretary.

Amid reports of Chinese technology major Huawei being banned in several countries, including the US, on security concerns, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan on Tuesday said the Indian government has allowed the company only to carry out trials for 5G connectivity as of now.

Speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of a workshop on Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology, Sundarajan clarified that the government would put the necessary safeguards in place before allowing companies to deploy 5G connectivity and access the core networks.

“We have asked…or rather Huawei has applied to us for participating in the trials, that is different from deployment,” she said.

 The secretary said that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) would like to utilise the opportunity to understand Huawei’s archictecture and to what extent it would comply with the networks in India.
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A man lights a cigarette outside a Huawei retail shop in Beijing. VOA

“We will be putting in place necessary safeguards. We will be putting in place all necessary safeguards before allowing any access to the core networks”.

Along with the US, Canada and the UK some other European countries have raised concerns over snooping by the Chinese major.

Local equipment manufacturers have also urged the government to stop the procurement of Huawei products for public sector projects.

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Last week, Union Communications Minister Manoj Sinha told Rajya Sabha there is no proposal yet to ban the company in the country. (IANS)

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Will Reject Requests To Disclose Confidential Information To The Government: Huawei

The United States, Australia, Japan and some other governments have imposed curbs on use of Huawei technology over concerns the company is a security risk.

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Logo of Huawei is seen on the advert in front of the local offices of Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

The founder of network gear and smart phone supplier Huawei Technologies says the tech giant would reject requests from the Chinese government to disclose confidential information about its customers.

Meeting with foreign reporters at Huawei’s headquarters, Ren Zhengfei sought Tuesday to allay Western concerns the company is a security risk. Those fears have hampered Huawei’s access to global markets for next-generation telecom technology.

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People walk past an advertisement for Huawei at a subway station in Hong Kong. VOA

Asked how Huawei would respond if Chinese authorities ask for confidential information about foreign customers or their networks, Ren said, “we would definitely say no to such a request.”

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The United States, Australia, Japan and some other governments have imposed curbs on use of Huawei technology over concerns the company is a security risk. (VOA)