Huawei has denied reports that the Indian government has excluded it from taking part in joint 5G trials, saying it is currently proposing a set of solutions to support the government's requirements for a nationwide 5G rollout. "Huawei is an active participant in India's growing 5G ecosystem," Huawei told ZDNet. "Our collaboration with relevant departments and operators continues to proceed as normal. The government of India remains open and welcoming towards Huawei, and has been a fantastic source of support." Huawei's comments followed a report from ET Telecom saying India's Department of Telecommunications has given the nod to Ericsson -- which launched a 5G innovation lab in India in July -- as well as Nokia, Samsung, and Cisco to work with the government in trialling 5G use cases across India, with Huawei and ZTE excluded from this list.
Chinese networking vendors Huawei and ZTE have been excluded from taking part in trialling 5G in India, according to a report. India's Department of Telecommunications has given the nod to Ericsson -- which launched a 5G innovation lab in India in July -- as well as Nokia, Samsung, and Cisco to work with the government in trialling 5G use cases across India, an article by ET Telecom said, with Huawei and ZTE excluded from this list. "We have written to Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia, and telecom service providers to partner with us to start 5G technology-based trials, and have got positive response from them," telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan reportedly told ET Telecom. "We have excluded Huawei from these trials." According to ET Telecom, Huawei said it is in contact with the Indian government over any security concerns.
Huawei has denied that it assisted the Chinese government in infiltrating a foreign network to gain information, following reports over the weekend to the contrary. "Huawei categorically denies it has ever provided, or been asked to provide, customer information for any government or organisation," a Huawei spokesperson told ZDNet on Monday morning. "These baseless accusations are made without any evidence whatsoever." The denial followed reports by The Australian that it had "confirmed from a national security source" that Huawei staffers were used by Chinese intelligence to "get access codes to infiltrate a foreign network", including providing password and network details. "Huawei is acknowledged as a global ICT leader and is the largest provider of telecommunications infrastructure in the world. We have reached this position as a global leader because we have a 30-year record of delivering world-class technology and are trusted by our customers around the world," the Huawei spokesperson added.
Huawei has slammed the 5G ban announced this week by the Australian government, saying it is not based in fact or a result of a transparent process, but rather motivated by the current leadership spill occurring in the Liberal party. "The Australian government's decision to block Huawei from Australia's 5G market is politically motivated, not the result of a fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process. It is not aligned with the long-term interests of the Australian people, and denies Australian businesses and consumers the right to choose from the best communications technology available," Huawei said in a statement on Friday afternoon. According to Huawei, the cost of 5G networks will rise as a result of the lack of competition, and will impact Australia's "transition to a digital economy". Huawei added that speculation about national security concerns and the operation of Chinese law have also not been investigated properly.
Three UK has announced it is working with Chinese networking giant Huawei on a 5G home broadband demo in London, with the service attaining download speeds of up to 2Gbps. The demonstration utilised its 100MHz C-Band spectrum and Huawei's commercial 5G home broadband routers, with the companies stating speeds will average around 1Gbps for each user. Three and Huawei have been working on pre-commercial tests this year, and said they will continue testing the service ahead of the public launch in dense urban areas and train stations in 2019. "Huawei will continue to work with Three UK to bring customers more market-leading commercial applications of 5G," Huawei 5G Product Line president Yang Chaobin said. The trial with Huawei follows Three earlier this month announcing that it will invest more than £2 billion into upgrading its infrastructure to enable it to deliver "market-leading" 5G services as of 2019, including wireless home broadband via its subsidiary Relish.