The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has written to the government requesting for a restriction on China-based vendors’ participation in 5G rollout in India.

In a letter addressed to telecom minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, CAIT has mentioned that in several countries both Huawei and ZTE Corporation have been charged with a laundry list of crimes including conspiracy, money laundering, bank and wire fraud. Further, CAIT has stated that it is sure that its request will be considered and necessary decision will be taken to protect not only the security of the country but also the privacy of the people of India through data and both Huawei and ZTE Corporation will not be allowed to participate in 5G network rollout in India.

As per CAIT, 5G refers to next-generation mobile networks that promise super-fast download speeds and ability to support critical infrastructure and therefore is more critical from the point of accruing data.

Recently, the US Federal Communications Commission had designated China-based firms Huawei and ZTE as “national security threats”, saying that the step was aimed at protecting American communications networks from security risks.