New Delhi: According to a top executive of the company, Chinese telecommunications gear maker Huawei Technologies has been invited to conduct 5G field tests from the Department of Telecommunications.
Huwei was left out of India’s initial list for 5G tests, as well as another Chinese company ZTE had spoken that the government could be wary of working with Chinese firms among other security concerns in other countries.
Hu Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Jai Chen told ET: “Apart from DOT and telecom operators, we will partner with academic, industry and app developers for 5G field tests and identify relevant use cases.” “We have shown interest in running tests in two cities including Delhi.”
The Government of India has said that it will provide 5G airwaves and backwheel to telecom operators and telecommunications gear sellers. Chen said that the Indian government intends to allocate 100 MHz spectrum for 5G trials.
In the middle of this year, the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) invited Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and Cisco to collaborate with the government in the 5G technology-based tests. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundarajan had earlier said, “We have thrown Huwai out of these trials”.
Huawei, located in Shenzhen, then said that it was in contact with the relevant DOT and government officials.
ZTE has not yet received an invitation from DOT.
Remarks by the Secretary of Telecommunication Many people believe that New Delhi may be limited by joining the rollout of technology of Delhi and telecom equipment manufacturers. Last month, Australia halted Huawei and ZTE from the 5G rollout. Earlier, the US had stopped the use of equipment from two Chinese gear makers, which is considered as a comprehensive effort to keep them away from the 5G rollout.
However, Chen rejected any suggestions of security concerns in India.
“With our experience in the last 4-5 years, the Government of India has a very cooperative approach to all our business operations. This time, we can see the Government’s approach with this invitation for 5G tests. And very clear, “said Chen.
According to Chen, Huawei can “make big contributions” because it is the only seller who has endless network capabilities along with their handsets. He said that the company will “make significant investments” for field trials, which will be organized in dense and urban areas.
Sundarajan recently told ET that in order to be able to demonstrate the use of 5G use cases in India, DOT will set up a core group in the department to further the tests next year.
The government is confident of rolling 5G with global markets in 2020, and is making all efforts to keep the timeline for the next generation technology, which could have an economic impact of more than $ 1 trillion in the country.
He said, “We want to invite the whole ecosystem to support and enable 5G-usage cases such as expanded mobile broadband, AR / VR, fixed wireless access and ultra HD video,” he said that the field of Hoover Field tests For “important investment” with telecommunications operator partners. These 5G field tests will be conducted in dense and urban areas.
The Chinese gear maker also said that it is working closely with various telecom operators as they will play an important role in conducting 5G field tests for India specific use cases. In February 2018, Huawei partnered with Bharti Airtel to conduct 5G laboratories in India.
Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of India has recommended the auction of about 8,644 MHz telecommunication frequencies at an estimated base value of Rs 4.9 lakh crore. The government expects to conduct auction for providing spectrum for 5G services in the second half of 2019.
DOT is preparing to open new bands to support 5G services, and will soon seek suggestions from the telecom regulator, Trai on the suitability of 28 GHz band for commercial deployment, as well as its ideas on valuable airwaves, ET Along with the Friday’s report.
India’s new telecom policy has recognized the mid band band spectrum as the center of India’s 5G strategy from 3 GHz to 43 GHz, and new bands for access to the timely deployment of the 5G network and the backbone segment Have asked to recognize. And, the 28 GHz spectrum band will be within the mid band band.
“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.