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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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Huawei to Launch Foldable 5G Smartphone ‘Mate X’ in India

The device houses the latest Leica cameras, supporting advanced imaging features to date

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However, the company had said at the Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC) in Barcelona that the foldable device's availability would depend on the 5G network in the country. Wikimedia

 Premium smartphone maker Huawei on Wednesday said it would launch its foldable 5G smartphone ‘Mate X’ in India in 2019.

According to the smartphone player, Mate X would be launched by mid-year and considering India as an important market, it would be introduced here soon after.

According to Wally Yang, Senior Product Marketing Director, Huawei Consumer Business Group: “India is an important market for us and we have been consistently investing and expanding our footprint in the market.”

“The unveiling of the ‘HUAWEI Mate X’ was the first key for consumers to open the door to 5G smart living. We want our customers here to witness Huawei’s global 5G technological strength, and experience this technology marvel,” he added.

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The device houses the latest Leica cameras, supporting advanced imaging features to date. Pixabay

However, the company had said at the Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC) in Barcelona that the foldable device’s availability would depend on the 5G network in the country.

The device houses the latest Leica cameras, supporting advanced imaging features to date.

The foldable design lets the camera system play the role of both front and rear cameras. When folded, the HUAWEI Mate X shows a view finder on both sides so even the subjects in the frame can contribute to the creative process, the company said.

As Huawei’s first 5G smartphone, the Mate X runs on the Balong 5000 chipset, which is the world’s first multi-mode 5G processor with 7nm process and thus supports 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G with a single chip.

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It features a high-capacity 4500mAh battery supporting the world’s fastest 55W “HUAWEI SuperCharge”. Pixabay

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With its “Falcon Wing Mechanical” hinge, when unfolded, the 6.6-inch dual display panel transforms into an 8-inch tablet that is only 5.4-mm thick.

It features a high-capacity 4500mAh battery supporting the world’s fastest 55W “HUAWEI SuperCharge”.

In just 30 minutes, the technology can charge the battery to 85 per cent. (IANS)