Much at stake

THE WEEK|July 12, 2020

Much at stake
What banning Huawei could mean for India
K. SUNIL THOMAS

The revelry had started early at Huawei’s India offices for New Year 2020. IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad ended the company’s long wait by giving the go-ahead for it to participate in India’s 5G trials, a day before New Year’s Eve. It came two months after the Modi-Xi meeting at Mamallapuram. Now, after the skirmish in Ladakh, that celebration may just turn out to have been premature. India is firing economic shots at China. Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE could soon be in the crosshairs.

According to sources, the June 29 ministerial meeting in Delhi which banned 59 Chinese apps had also deliberated on Huawei’s involvement in 5G trials. An email questionnaire sent to Huawei did not elicit any response.

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