New Delhi (Sputnik) — India has joined the bandwagon of countries that are banning Chinese phone manufacturers from partnering with telecom firms for the rollout of 5G data services. Experts cite China’s alleged ability to use 5G compatible equipment to spy on other nations and its closed trade policy as the reason behind the move. READ MORE: China's ZTE Replaces All Top Brass in Response to US Ban “We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia and telecom service providers to partner [with] us in 5G technology-based trials, and have got a positive response,” telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan was quoted as saying by news agencies. “We have excluded Huawei from these trials,” she said when asked if it was due to security reasons. © Flickr / Tim Simpson ‘Not So Friendly’: Indian Minister Raises Espionage Concern Over Imported Gadgets Indian Telecom Experts, while supporting the Indian government’s decision, opined that Chinese companies were highly capable of spying. “Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei were earlier banned by Australia and USA, so India has rightly taken this decision of not inviting them to partner in 5G trials in the national interest. These companies are being seen as agents of the Chinese military and it is apprehended that their equipment may be vulnerable to Chinese snooping activities,” Virag Gupta, an advocate and cyber law expert, told Sputnik. READ MORE: China Sees More Rapid Digital Financial Transformation Than Any Country —… Read full this story
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