The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will consult with the Home Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office and observe how governments worldwide tackle the issue before deciding on whether to allow Huawei to take part in the upcoming field trials of 5G spectrum, IANS reported, citing an official source in New Delhi. The Home Ministry and the PMO will have to be kept in the loop as Huawei poses a security issue, not a technological one, the source told IANS. The government has constituted a committee headed by the Principal Scientific Advisor to decide on Huawei's participation in the 5G trials, the report said, and its recommendations will be sent to the Home Ministry and the PMO. Huawei said it had been invited by the DoT to participate in the discussions on 5G trials last October, and the company recently called on India to decide quickly whether it would be allowed to participate in the development of 5G technology in the country. However, last week, IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that there were security issues around Huawei — the first such admission by the government, as per BusinessLine. Blacklisted by US, Huawei says it has 46 5G contracts in 30 countries Huawei has been under a cloud since the US added it to a trade blacklist in May for “engaging in activities that are contrary to US national security”. The move prevented Huawei from buying components from American companies without the government's approval. It is part of a…
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