Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has said that the government has not yet taken any decision regarding allowing Chinese telecom companies to participate in the 5G trials in India. He, however, acknowledged the deep involvement of Chinese players in the existing network.

That said, he also noted that the government is making special safeguards to ensure safety and security of the country’s communication network.

The government has maintained that unless India gets a substitute, the existing facilities cannot be closed down abruptly.