A senior government source said on Thursday that two government telecom companies have asked to use locally manufactured companies instead of Chinese telecom devices to upgrade their mobile networks to 4G. Following New Delhi’s move against companies against China following the killing of 20 Indian soldiers this week by Chinese forces in the Himalayan border dispute. The directive is aimed at Chinese telecom gear manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, with India announcing plans of around $ 8 billion last year, some of which were selected for network upgrades, leading to loss-making operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL).
“Since that plan will be funded with public funds, they (BSNL, MTNL) should try to ensure that they shop in India’s equipment,” the government source, who did not make the order public, declined. done.
India’s Department of Telecommunications did not respond to a request for comment. The head of BSNL and MTNL did not respond to calls or messages seeking comment.
Huawei declined to comment and ZTE, potentially losing millions of dollars in orders, did not respond to a request for comment. The Chinese Embassy in Delhi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Chinese companies face a public backlash after the worst clash between China and India in 1967, where anti-Chinese sentiment is already strong.
Beijing has also been hit by an outbreak of coronovirus, through social media campaigns urging Indians to boycott Chinese goods.
The effective restriction on the use of Chinese network gear may extend to private telecoms such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea which also use it in their networks.
A telecom industry source said, “There will probably be some communication … There may not be a conflict and frustration, but there is a plea to avoid using Chinese devices in the main telecommunications networks.”
Any restriction could increase costs for Indian Telecom, which would have to rely more on European firms such as Nokia and Ericsson, as India has limited domestic expertise in manufacturing telecommunications equipment.
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