5G Trials Begin in India, Govt to Keep Chinese Suppliers Out

The Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications of the Government of India on Tuesday, 4 May, gave the go-ahead for 5G technology and spectrum trials to telecom service providers (TSPs).This means TSPs – including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL – are expected to start 5G trials across the country. This trial is said to cover rural, semi-urban and urban areas.

In a statement, the telecom department said that it "approved permissions to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) for conducting trials for use and applications of 5G technology. The applicant TSPs include Bharti Airtel Ltd, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd and MTNL."

However, Chinese telecom vendors such as Huawei and ZTE have been kept out from the 5G trials, amid concerns around network security and prevailing tensions in diplomatic and military relations between India and China.

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