Judge us on merit, Huawei tells India ahead of Pompeo visit

Judge us on merit, Huawei tells India ahead of Pompeo visit”

Various issues, including Huawei's participation in 5G roll-outs, are expected to figure in discussions between Pompeo and Indian government officials during his visit from 25-27 June.

Huawei has found itself in the midst of a global trade war, with the US President Donald Trump's administration fiercely campaigning against the participation of the Chinese telecommunication giant in the 5G rollouts of its allies on suspicion of China using Huawei equipment for spying on other nations.

Huawei's posture was earlier supported by Beijing, who called on New Delhi to make its decision without looking at the USA crackdown campaign against the Chinese tech giant and to provide "unbiased and non-discriminatory" practices for it and other companies. Huawei, the world's largest telecoms gear maker and No 2 smartphone vendor, has been accused by the United States of supplying equipment that could be used to aid Chinese intelligence activities.

Huawei has offered to sign a "no-backdoor agreement", which will stipulate that it will not allow any snooping on its network or handing over of data, with the Indian government and mobile phone companies and has urged its rivals such as Nokia and Ericsson from Europe to follow the same approach. "We encourage other vendors and OEMs (original equipment makers) to sign these pacts", he added. A "backdoor" refers to getting access to a computer system or data by bypassing the system's inbuilt security mechanism. When asked about customer relationship with both the telcos, Chen said, "They (customers) just need consent from the government right now".

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Earlier this month, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said the government would take "a firm view" on Huawei's participation. Huawei is now challenging the White House's decision in court.

It also said that it has received full support and confidence from India for about two decades for its operations in the country and over the concerns raised by Prasad, it replied that a year ago they have secured invitation from DoT to submit their proposal for 5G trials, conveying the Government's confidence in Huawei for an early, efficient and pervasive deployment on 5G. The new wave of trials are yet to be conducted, and for that the Chinese tech giant has partnered with Vodafone India. Australia and New Zealand have also barred the company from participating in their 5G trials while Germany and United Kingdom have not so far.

"India is staring at the next 10 years, which is going to be a golden decade for the country", Chen said. "India should take the best of the world to achieve the target it has set for itself such as the target of making the country a $1 trillion dollar digital economy by 2025", Chen told IANS during an interaction here.

Chen burst out in laughter when asked whether he would continue as the company's India CEO if Huawei fails to get the nod for 5G in India.

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