The government has admitted that about 53 per cent of the equipment in the mobile network of the Communications Corporation of India Limited belongs to two Chinese companies, JTE and Huawei. The private company is in a good position in this regard as it orders such equipments from many other countries.
Information given by the Minister of State for Communications
About 44 per cent of the equipment in BSNL’s mobile network belongs to Chinese company ZTE and 9 per cent to Huawei. Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Dhotre gave this information in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. He said the government does not have data for Chinese telecom gear makers companies devices.
“44.4 per cent of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s (BSNL) mobile network belongs to ZTE and 9 per cent to Huawei,” Dhotre told the Rajya Sabha. Under this, 10 per cent stake in the mobile network of Mahanagar Telecon Nigam Limited belongs to equipment from Chinese companies. ‘
This is the current situation of private companies
According to the news agency PTI, based on the statistics, he said that Reliance Jio Infocomm is not using any equipment from JTE and Huawei for its services. He said telecom companies buy telecom equipment according to the needs of their businesses and such companies have to abide by the security rules given in the license.
Giving information about other private companies, he said that Vodafone Idea Limited uses equipment to buy from any vendor in its network and has always adhered to security standards. Thus Indian Airtel uses equipment from companies from many countries like India, America, Europe, China.
Data security concerns
Significantly, the country’s anti-China sentiment at the moment raises questions about Chinese investment and the products of Chinese companies. There have also been several allegations of espionage and data theft in India by devices of Chinese companies. The government has become very attentive. BSNL’s network is used in many government departments. So this is a very sensitive matter.