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US offers data localization alternatives to India, pressures them to avoid Huawei

Huawei‘s US ban is now a storied saga in smartphone history. For those not in the know, the US has banned the company and threatened sanctions against anybody doing selling or buying technology from the Chinese company. They’ve also banned the sale of US products or technology to any company that might use Huawei technology. This has also apparently extended to other countries, as India is currently under pressure from the US as well.

In an interview with Economic Times, sources within India claimed that the US delegation urged that New Delhi and Washington should “work together only with trusted sources” when deploying 5G. The implication, they said, was that Chinese telecom gear makers such as Huawei should be kept out of partnering in next generation telecom technology.

US offers data localization alternatives to India, pressures them to avoid Huawei

Huawei has on its part made public statements made earlier in India on security. “Huawei is part of the positive initiatives to improve India’s network security and capability which goes beyond just 5G,” its India CEO Jay Chen had said. As of right now, then company is still actively doing business in India, even launching some new products there.

Huawei is a world leader in 5G technology along with South Korean Samsung and offers a definite price advantage when compared to European players like Ericsson and Nokia. Some Indian officials had earlier doubted if the country would be able to attain the goal of 5G coverage across the rural landscape if it summarily kept out a major player like Huawei.

In other news, Huawei recently launched the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro flagship in another country for the first time earlier today, that being in Malaysia. The launch of the Mate 30 series devices outside China comes at a time when there’s uncertainty over access to Google apps and services through Huawei’s phones, so it’ll be interesting to see how it performs.

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