India okays 5G trials – But Chinese vendors blocked

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given the nod to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to conduct six-month trials for the use and application of 5G technology in India. Over a dozen telecom firms, both local and from other countries, have gotten the go-ahead. As it happens, Chinese firms like ZTE and Huawei have not received approval. Countries like the US, the UK and Australia have also kept out Chinese firms. 

Bharti Airtel, Reliance JioInfocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL, which have tied up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT, have been given the permission. Further, Reliance JioInfocomm (Jio Platforms) will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology.

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