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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 Unveils its 5G Training Centre in UK: Report

Before Friday’s official unveiling of the training centre, it has been on a trial run for the past few months, with some engineers already being trained in the facility

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FILE - A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China, Sept. 28, 2018. VOA

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei unveiled its 5G Birmingham training centre here to ensure that relevant 5G training is in place to meet current and future information and communications technology (ICT) needs in Britain.

The new centre has the capacity to train 20 people at a time, with courses being tailored to meet training requirements.

A typical course will last five days and will cover an introduction to 5G technology, principles of modern network engineering and hands-on practical installation of 5G network equipment, according to Huawei, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Once fully operational, the objective is for the centre to train upwards of 1,000 network engineers per year on the latest 5G technology, the company said.

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FILE – A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, 2019. VOA

In the UK, “there’s no shortage of political will to deliver 5G, there’s no shortage of commercial wish for it. There are some particular specific problems like a shortage of engineers, which we do need to address,”, said Sir Andrew Cahn, non-executive director of Huawei UK.

“That’s an issue mainly of government policy, making sure that we have the right people coming out of universities and colleges, but it’s also for companies to deal with and that’s what Huawei is doing while Huawei is recognising that there are particular skills needed and so we’re going to provide a training centre to upscale engineers in 5G,” said Cahn.

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Before Friday’s official unveiling of the training centre, it has been on a trial run for the past few months, with some engineers already being trained in the facility.

Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council leader, said: “5G talent and knowledge are essential for further growth and Huawei’s 5G training centre has already produced 157 5G-ready engineers since the first graduations took place in June this year.” (IANS)