As Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his US visit, the government is set to pitch a clutch of Indian telecom equipment makers for business with America, the move coming within months of Washington stopping the sale of network gear from big Chinese companies over security concerns.
Companies pitched to the government by Indian industry body VOICE – which is a grouping of local makers – include the consortium of TCS-Tejas-CDoT, Shyam Vihaan Network, Niral Networks, Lekha Wireless, Signaltron, Resonous, Amantya Technologies, WiSig Wireless, and Galore Networks, according to sources.
“The government wants to position the Indian companies for 4G and 5G telecom work in the US, especially promoting them as ‘trusted sources’, amid moves across the world to find new suppliers, instead of just relying on Chinese vendors, such as Huawei and ZTE, for mobile telephony business,” a source said.
VOICE had submitted the names of the companies to the telecom department as possible candidates for 4G upgradations and 5G pilot work in the US. On the list are companies that are working on 5G core, mobile edge cloud solutions, base stations, IoT sensors, and 5G smartphones.
Communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and minister of state for IT and electronics Rajeev Chandrasekhar have already said that solutions made in India are not only highly cost-competitive, but carry the hallmark of being trusted solutions. ToI