According to the minister of state for communications Sanjay Dhotre, over 44 per cent mobile network equipment of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is sourced from Chinese vendor ZTE and around 9 per cent from Huawei. While, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) sources 10 per cent of its mobile network equipment from Chinese equipment manufacturers.

On the market share of ZTE and Huawei in India, the minister said that the operators procure and deploy telecom equipment from vendors based on their techno-commercial interests provided they adhere to the security provisions given in the licence. Hence, no such data is maintained by Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

Further, talking about other operators, Dhotre added that Reliance Jio has not deployed any telecom equipment from ZTE and Huawei. While, Vodafone Idea follows a multi-vendor strategy for procuring equipment for different requirements in its network and has always been compliant to the various security-related requirements placed upon it by the DoT notifications. Further, Bharti Airtel uses telecom equipment of several vendors partners including Indian, American, European, Chinese across the different network domains, radio, core and transport and follow a multi-vendor approach for its networks to build robust and secure networks.

Meanwhile, commenting on country’s electronic components import, the minister said that as per data available from the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S), the total electronic component imports in the country in financial year (FY) 2019-20 was Rs 1.15 trillion, out of which the import from China was Rs 429.83 billion, which amounts to about 37 per cent.

Further, the total import of smartphone components in 2019-20 stood at Rs 560.39 billion, out of which, 45 per cent imports worth Rs 254.41 billion came from China.

The data was shared by the minister on the impact on the electronics sector due to shutting down of factories in China.