India building defenses against Huawei 5G

MUMBAI – India, one of the world’s largest markets for digital consumers, plans to enforce a new national security directive telecom experts believe is aimed at blocking Chinese equipment suppliers like Huawei from its 5G rollout.

The directive aims “to safeguard its 5G plans and maintain the integrity of supply chain security and discourage insecure equipment.”

The government said the directive is not aimed at any particular nation but analysts say the move is consistent with other measures imposed to move away from Chinese equipment suppliers after China’s incursions into and occupation of parts of Ladakh.

In the past, local companies said telecom giants Huawei and ZTE Corp were among the preferred companies to help set up their 5G networks. The Chinese companies already provide critical equipment to Indian telecom companies Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea.

The new measures won’t apply to existing contracts, officials said. Telecom and digital services provider Reliance Jio uses equipment from South Korea’s Samsung.

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