The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is expected to shortly approve the applications of telecom operators for 5G trials but only with non-Chinese vendors.

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea had submitted applications for trials with Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei, and ZTE, if the decision is considered, these telcos will be allowed to conduct the trials only with Nokia and Ericsson excluding the two Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE.

Similarly, Reliance Jio will be given the permission to go ahead with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung, but not Huawei. The operator has additionally submitted a separate application for conducting independent trials.