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India Sends Invitation to Huawei To Take Part in 5G Trials

If this business model succeeds, it will give Indian economy a huge boost

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Putting speculation about its participation in India’s 5G roll-out process to rest, Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Friday said it has received an invitation from the Department of Telecommunications to take part in the trials for development of 5G use cases in India.

Huawei said it received the DoT letter on September 27, within two days of the cabinet approving the new “National Digital Communications Policy 2018”.

“We appreciate India’s collaborative and open approach towards Huawei. The country is on the right track to develop 5G network and Huawei remains committed to adding value to the services that roll out of this technology would unleash,” Jay Chen, CEO of Huawei India told IANS.

Huawei’s participation in India’s 5G roll out process has been keenly observed following reports last month that suggested that the company, along with another Chinese player ZTE, was excluded from the list of companies that were selected by DoT to participate in 5G trial of use cases.

China last month urged India to provide a “level playing field” to Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE.

Huawei said it could start the trials for 5G use cases in India as early as end of this year and that they could run for three to four quarters.

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China last month urged India to provide a “level playing field” to Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE.

“Huawei’s leading technology and world-class solutions customised for Indian specific needs are recognised by the Indian government and industry,” Chen said.

“Through the proposed trials, Huawei plans to contribute for development of timely and high-quality 5G technology and use cases that will enable social and economic development in India for consumers and industry,” he added.

Huawei said it would collaborate with the industry, academia and the state governments for the 5G trials which would start after the allocation of spectrum and other formalities are completed.

Huawei’s trial for 5G use cases would include areas such as enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and wireless to the x (WTTx) — an advanced wireless broadband access solution proposed by Huawei — among others.

“The discourse on telecommunication in India has changed from availability and affordability to that of quality and improved customer experience. With India’s emphasis on adoption of emerging technologies, the country is set to become the most dynamic market in the world in the next five years,” Chen said.

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Huawei, which is now nearing two decades of operations in India, earlier this year successfully conducted the country’s first 5G network trial under a test set-up in collaboration with telecom major Bharti Airtel.

The set-up demonstrated high spectral efficiency and potential for diversified services such as Internet of Things (IoT) and AR/VR, which can be delivered by 5G technology to serve a digitally connected world, Huawei said.

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“The telecom industry in India is now full of hope. In this market, we have also seen something new which we have not seen in other markets. India has an operator which has a very long-term vision to incorporate in its ecosystem diverse services – from the pipe to digital services and even offline and traditional services. In other countries these functions are performed by different stakeholders,” Chen said, referring to the services of Reliance Jio.

“If this business model succeeds, it will give Indian economy a huge boost,” he added. (IANS)

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World’s Anti-Corruption Day

The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges "to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide."

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Corruption costs the world economy $2.6 trillion each year, according to the United Nations, which is marking International Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday.

“Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune,” the United Nations said.

The cost of $2.6 trillion represents more than 5 percent of global GDP.

The world body said that $1 trillion of the money stolen annually through corruption is in the form of bribes.

Patricia Moreira, the managing director of Transparency International, told VOA that about a quarter of the world’s population has paid a bribe when trying to access a public service over the past year, according to data from the Global Corruption Barometer.

Moreira said it is important to have such a day as International Anti-Corruption Day because it provides “a really tremendous opportunity to focus attention precisely on the challenge that is posed by corruption around the world.”

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Anti-corruption commitments

To mark the day, the United States called on all countries to implement their international anti-corruption commitments including through the U.N. Convention against Corruption.

In a statement Friday, the U.S. State Department said that corruption facilitates crime and terrorism, as well as undermines economic growth, the rule of law and democracy.

“Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on Dec. 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide,” the statement said.

Moreira said that data about worldwide corruption can make the phenomena understandable but still not necessarily “close to our lives.” For that, we need to hear everyday stories about people impacted by corruption and understand that it “is about our daily lives,” she added.

She said those most impacted by corruption are “the most vulnerable people — so it’s usually women, it’s usually poor people, the most marginalized people in the world.”

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The United Nations Development Program notes that in developing countries, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

What can be done to fight corruption?

The United Nations designated Dec. 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day in 2003, coinciding with the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption by the U.N. General Assembly.

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about corruption and put pressure on governments to take action against it.

Tackling the issue

Moreira said to fight corruption effectively it must be tackled from different angles. For example, she said that while it is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption, governments must also have mechanisms to enforce that legislation. She said those who engage in corruption must be held accountable.

“Fighting corruption is about providing people with a more sustainable world, with a world where social justice is something more of our reality than what it has been until today,” she said.

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It is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption

Moreira said change must come from a joint effort from governments, public institutions, the private sector and civil society.

The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges “to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide.”

It noted that the United States, through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, helps partner nations “build transparent, accountable institutions and strengthen criminal justice systems that hold the corrupt accountable.”

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Moreira said that it is important for the world to see that there are results to the fight against corruption.

“Then we are showing the world with specific examples that we can fight against corruption, [that] yes there are results. And if we work together, then it is something not just that we would wish for, but actually something that can be translated into specific results and changes to the world,” she said. (VOA)