Huawei invited to participate in India's 5G use case trials

09 Oct 2018

Huawei has reportedly received an invitation from the Indian government to participate in the telecom ministry's 5G technology trials, after being initially left out of the list of vendors asked to take part.

Huawei India CEO Jay Chen told India's Economic Times that the company has received an invitation after approaching the government to express an interest in taking part.

The telecom ministry's earlier decision to exclude Huawei and ZTE from the list of vendors approached to take part in the trials led to speculation that India could follow Australia and the US in preventing Chinese vendors from participating in their respective nation's 5G rollouts.

But after Huawei expressed an interest in participating in the trials, the telecoms ministry announced that it will evaluate the vendor's proposal and consider including Huawei in the planned 5G field trials.

According to Huawei's Chen, Huawei has a collaborative relationship with the Indian government and has already been working with various Indian operators in laying the groundwork for 5G deployments.

The vendor has expressed an interest in running 5G trials in two Indian cities, including Delhi, and plans to partner with operators, academia and companies in adjacent industries to identify relevant 5G use cases for the Indian market.

According to the report, ZTE has yet to receive an invitation from the ministry.

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