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Huawei Gets Green Light for India 5G Trials

By Ding Yi / Dec 31, 2019 01:18 PM / World

Embattled Chinese tech giant Huawei may be grappling with a U.S. sales ban, but the company has reportedly been approved to take part in upcoming trials of India’s 5G network.

The South Asian nation has issued all wireless operators in the country with in-principle permits to conduct 5G spectrum trials, the timing of which will be confirmed Dec. 31 when operators meet with the country’s telecoms regulators, Indian news channel CNBC-TV18 reported Monday, citing an unnamed senior official. The trials are expected to be held in January.

The news comes more than two months after Huawei agreed to sign a “no backdoor” agreement with India in an effort to reassure authorities the Chinese government will not use Huawei gear for espionage. The country expects to hold an auction for the airwaves space for its 5G services before March.

The inclusion of Huawei in India’s 5G plan may provide a valuable revenue source for Huawei, which has been on a U.S. trade blacklist since May. This year, Huawei’s posted lower-than-expected revenue of just over 850 billion yuan ($122 billion), up 18% from a year ago, the company’s rotating chairman Xu Zhijun said in a New Year’s address, adding that “survival” would be the company’s “first priority” in 2020.

Earlier this month, Huawei sued the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over the directive that bans American telecoms carriers from using a government fund to purchase products and services from Huawei, saying that it violates the nation’s constitution.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Huawei to Launch Alternative to Google Mobile in India Amid Tensions With U.S.


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