Huawei says that the US government is trying to impede its 5G push in India


  • Guo Ping, the global chairman of Huawei, says that the Trump administration is trying to block sales of the Chinese company’s 5G equipment in India.
  • The US has been lobbying it allies to end their partnership with Huawei over concerns that the Chinese government could be using the company’s equipment to spy on other countries.
  • However, it seems that the Indian government is proving more resistant than expected. The Wall Street Journal reported that the US officials hadn’t been able to change India’s mind in working with Huawei just yet.
The US’s attempts to sway global opinion against Huawei haven’t gone unnoticed by the company’s management.

Yesterday, Guo Ping, the global chairman of Huawei, told the Times of India that the Trump administration was doing its best to block the sales of the Chinese company’s 5G equipment in India.

The US has been lobbying it allies to end their partnership with Huawei over concerns that the Chinese government could be using the company’s equipment to spy on other countries.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Pin alleged that the US government has disbursed emissaries to convince the Indian government and the country’s top companies against working with Huawei.

However, it seems that the Indian government is proving more resistant than expected. The Wall Street Journal reported that the US officials hadn’t been able to change India’s mind in working with Huawei just yet.

While India has mostly refused to pick sides on the issue, it is highly likely that it will secure Huawei’s services in conducting 5G trials.

This is not only because of the Chinese firm’s 20-year history of operating in India but also because it it doesn’t want to fall behind other countries that sourced technology from Chinese companies.

The fact that there are no domestic telecom equipment makers on par with Huawei in terms of pricing and innovation makes it all the more likely. Furthermore, India’s telecom service providers are also against a ban on Huawei, saying that they would have to source more expensive equipment from other foreign companies.

Jay Chen, Huawei’s India CEO, said that the company was all set to take part in the Indian government's 5G trials. He added that Huawei was currently in discussions with India’s telecom providers - Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea - for the sale of 5G equipment.


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