With several skirmishes on the border, tensions increased between India and China. The Indian government is threatening the exclusion of Chinese equipment manufacturers from its future 5G networks.
The construction of 5G networks in India will represent a huge project and an opportunity of choice for equipment manufacturers, but the tensions exacerbated by confrontations at the border with China could lead to the exclusion of Chinese players.
While a new skirmish between the two countries has just killed several people, the Indian government raises the tone, first by banning dozens of Chinese mobile applications in the name of national security, then by studying the possibility of ruling out Chinese equipment manufacturers for its future 5G networks.
In December again, the Indian government let operators test 5G with all the equipment manufacturers on the market, but the local press is now echoing discussions on the possibility of banning Huawei and ZTE.
India would thus find itself in a strategy similar to that of the United States with an openly defiant attitude towards China, already reinforced by the disturbances linked to the coronavirus health crisis, the country being quite strongly affected by the contamination. .
CNBC notes that the main Indian operator, Reliance Jio, uses Samsung telecom equipment, while its rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India appeal to several players, including Huawei.
It would obviously be a blow for Huawei, world leader, if it could not be present on the Indian market, one of the biggest mobile markets in the world.