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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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India Continues Engaging With USA Over H-1B Passport Issue

India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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As Trump proposes changes in H1-B visa, India continues to engage with US

India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)