Center asks BSNL not to use Chinese equipment for 4G upgradations
DoT – Source to tell BSNL not to use Chinese telecom equipment in 4G upgrade
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is willing to tell the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) not to use Chinese telecom gear in its 4G upgrades, which according to sources supported as part of the company’s revival package is.
The development comes at a time when Indian and Chinese forces are at loggerheads in Pangong Tso, Galvan Valley, Demchok, and Daulat Beg Oldi in eastern Ladakh.
The standoff has sparked anti-China sentiment in India, bsnl not to use Chinese equipment with protesters and some trade bodies such as CAIT calling for a boycott of Chinese products to protest the border deadlock.
Private sources for talks in the telecom department said that it has been decided that BSNL will be asked not to use Chinese equipment in upgrading the 4G network, which is being supported by its revival package.
The department may also state that the tender may need to be reworked in this regard.bsnl not to use Chinese equipment Sources said that a similar message will be given to Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).
The department is also considering measures to urge private telecom operators to reduce their dependence on Chinese-made telecommunications equipment.
Sources said that in the past, there have been concerns about the network security of Chinese devices.
On Twitter, hashtags like ‘HindiCheeniByeBye’ and ‘BharatVsChina’ have been trending.
Earlier on Wednesday, Chinese handset maker Oppo canceled the Livestream launch of its flagship 5G smartphone in the country amid calls for a boycott of Chinese products in different parts of the country.
Oppo, which ranks among the top five smartphone vendors in India, had said that it would Livestream the launch of its Find X2 smartphone on Wednesday through YouTube. bsnl not to use Chinese equipment, However, Livestream was later canceled and the company uploaded a previously recorded video.
Notably, four of the top five smartphone brands in India (Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme, and Oppo) are from China and account for about 76 percent of smartphones shipped in India in the quarter ended March 2020. South Korea’s Samsung, which is ranked third and third. 15.6 percent of shipments in the said quarter, being the only non-Chinese firm in the top five in length.