Addressing the parliament, minister of state for communications Sanjay Dhotre said that state-run telcos will need to source network equipment as per amended general financial rules (GFR).

GFR impose restrictions on vendors from countries that share India’s land border.

Further, commenting on the allowance of Chinese equipment for 5G, Dhotre said that 5G technology in telecom networks has not yet started and the focus is currently on trials of India-specific 5G applications and use cases.

Meanwhile, on measures to prevent procurement from Chinese companies, Dhotre said that as public procurement of telecom equipment is concerned, the same will be as per GFR 2017 including amendment dated July 23, 2020.

Further, the minister added that India has not yet banned telecom gear from Chinese companies, and added that licensed telecom service providers deploy network equipment procured from various manufacturers, subject to compliance to stipulated terms and conditions of license agreement including security conditions.