A top level, closed door meeting that took place between the officials of India, and the US in New Delhi. The American administration is putting pressure on Indian officials to secure the communication networks. Both the parties have decided to work together with trusted sources when it comes to deploying 5G technology. The US administration has compelled India to keep Chinese phone makers such as Huawei out of 5G deployment strategy. The final decision to permit Huawei will rest with the Indian government.
The Indian delegation comprises of officials from the ministries of home, telecom, and electronics & IT. The security concerns come from the National Security Council, Defence Research and Development Organisation, and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The US delegation was led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communication and Information Policy, Robert Strayer.
Huawei has not made any public statement about security in India. The company is positive about its initiatives to improve the network security and capability which goes beyond just 5G. Some of the security specialists including Professor V Kamakoti have raised concern around the importance in 5G rollout.
US delegation also suggested that India can resort to Cloud Act and the APEC CBPR for exchanging data with the US. The cloud act will allow the Indian government to provide data to the American companies regardless of whether it is stored in the US or abroad.
Huawei is known for its 5G technology along with the Korean leader, Samsung. The gadget maker offers price advantage over Ericsson and Nokia. India cannot ignore Huawei if it plans to roll out a strong 5G coverage to rural areas as well.