Chinese gear maker Huawei Wednesday showcased fifth generation or 5G technology to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) secretary Anshu Prakash and other officials across departments.
“Telecom secretary made a visit this afternoon to our demonstration area where we displayed our innovative 5G technology,” a Huawei executive told ETTelecom.
Prakash visit was closely followed by a group of joint secretary-level officials from various departments such as the defense and commerce who dropped by to see a display of next-generation of technology.Technologies such as 5G-Artificial Intelligence (AI), IP for 5G and Intelligent OptiX network were demonstrated.
The Shenzhen-based company which is at the centre of attention worldwide following controversy around suspected espionage through its 5G network is, however, expecting the Indian government to take an informed decision on its fate.
However, last week, the department has allowed Huawei to partner with incumbent telecom service providers to demonstrate India-specific 5G use cases.
Meanwhile, a senior company executive said that the India business continues to be as usual since the government has so far not stopped any telco from using Chinese gear. Vodafone Idea has recently selected Huawei as one of the two technology suppliers for a 5G pilot program.
Bharti Airtel, according to the industry insiders, is also in advanced talks with the Chinese company for procuring equipment to undertake full-fledged 5G field trials.
Early this month, Bharti Airtel promoter Sunil Mittal said that Huawei’s technology was superior to that of its European counterparts– Ericsson and Nokia.
Swedish Ericsson has recently acquired Katherin’s antenna business to further compete with the Chinese end-to-end 5G network provider.
Noted scientist and Stanford University professor AJ Pauraj recently said that the United States’ assertion of Huawei’s equipment having a backdoor entry was never formally verified and the Chinese company has become a leader in 5G technology in terms of cost-performance.
With the highest number of 5G patents to its attribute, the networks company has demonstrated ‘smart entrance’ at a three-day India Mobile Congress – 2019 together with Vodafone Idea that could be potentially used for security purposes by law enforcement agencies.―Gadgets Now