Amid US Ban On Huawei, Reliance Jio And Bharti Airtel Rope In Non-Chinese Tech Firms For 5G Trials

Huawei pavilion at the CES 2018 expo in Las Vegas Nevada (Representative Image) (David Becker/Getty Images)

India’s leading telecom players Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have decided to shun the Chinese technology companies including the beleaguered Huawei from their 5G roll out plans, reports Business Standard.

Both the companies have reportedly tied up with non-Chinese companies. While the Reliance Jio has tied up with South Korean tech giant Samsung, Bharti Airtel has finalised agreements with European tech firms Ericsson and Nokia.

The move comes amid the trade tensions between United States and China, and America along with its allies banning purchase of the equipment of the Chinese telecom gear maker. The US is also pressuring other countries to ban Huawei apart from threatening companies of sanctions if they buy or sell the Chinese technology.

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India has not taken any decision on whether to ban Huawei from participating in the 5G trials in India. However, some Chinese officials earlier met India’s ambassador to China and conveyed to him that if India bans Huawei, there could be reverse sanctions on Indian companies operating in China.

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