The fear of a possible future ban on Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers, Huawei and ZTE, in the country may result in India’s telecom operators excluding both companies from their 5G deployment plans.
“Given how there are global security concerns regarding Huawei’s equipment, nobody wants to get caught in the crossfire. It’s better to be safe and deploy Huawei in the non-core part of the 5G network,” a senior executive at one of the telcos told ET.
A number of the main telecom operators use Huawei and ZTE for building their 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, which is the main reasons why they are able to rollout at much lower costs that operators that use European network infrastructure companies like Nokia and Ericcson.
The US government has been pushing for a global ban on Huawei’s 5G network equipment. Excluding the Chinese builders from a major part of their 5G network deployment could raise costs for Indian operators.