Chinese Technology giant Huawei has said it is willing to invest in a 5G manufacturing facility in India as long as the government gives it permission to participate in the latest technology. “We are making 2G, 3G and 4G equipment at our Chennai unit. We are now studying the new manufacturing rates and policy. We are open to manufacture 5G equipment, and even look at exports… but if I am not allowed to participate in 5G here, then why would I have manufacturing here?” CEO of Huawei India, Jay Chen, told Times of India.
He, said the government has not responded to the company’s proposals yet. Huawei has invested over USD 3.5 billion in India till date.
“I guess they are taking time to address their concerns. But you cannot always think, think and think, but make no decision,” he said. The Shenzhen-based company has been in news for all the wrong reasons. The United States and many other countries said Huawei poses threat to their national security.
The Indian government has plans to start 5G trials soon.
Principal scientific adviser K Vijay Raghavan, who heads the high-level committee on 5G, had said India should “go for (5G) trials immediately with all, except for Chinese vendors”. “For China, we should prepare pros and cons for going with them,” Raghavan had said at the June 13 meeting of the committee. There is no clarity on the final outcome of the deliberations.
“We have answered all the questions regarding our participation, and have clarified to all the departments when information was sought around various issues,” Chen said.
Huawei is the world’s largest seller of telecommunications equipment, such as new 5G network infrastructure. Huawei has posted USD 100 billion revenue in 2018.