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  • The United States has banned Huawei from the rollout of its next generation 5G mobile networks because of concerns -- strongly denied -- that the firm could be under the control of Beijing. Washington has been lobbying Britain to do the same, even threatening to limit intelligence sharing between the two allies if the UK goes its own way.

    Chinese company, iQOO is set to enter Indian markets with 5G phones in early February this year, aiming to sell one million units in 2020 through the online channel initially. The company will launch 5G and 4G variants of its latest premium smartphone featuring high-end specifications, said director of marketing at iQOO.

    “There are less than a third of mobile towers connected to fibre backhaul when compared to China that has more than 80% connected,” Sharma said. He added that the telecom sector should be treated as ‘strategic’ to serve citizens and that issues such as the Right-of-Way (RoW) should be set right.

    iQOO is a sub-brand of Vivo in China but will operate in India as a separate entity. With this, the BBK Group now has five brands -- OnePlus, Vivo, OPPO, Realme and iQOO -- in India. iQOO - which stands for 'I Quest On and On' - will sell its device online initially, and is drawing out plans for offline retail. The company has set up its office in Bengaluru and has an 80-people team.

    He expressed concern on recent statutory levies on the telecom sector and said that judicial reforms go hand in hand with ease of doing business. In an about 12-year-old case on revenue sharing, the Supreme Court recently upheld the government's stand and broadened the definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) for telecommunications companies to include non-core operations.

    "While we see a fast adoption of 5G across geographies globally, we do recognise the phenomenal boost that 4G has given towards enabling broadband connectivity for Indian consumers. 4G will stay relevant for quite sometime," Rajen Vagadia, vice-president and president, Qualcomm India, said.

    In an interview with Danish Khan, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said the industry turmoil over India’s recent cut in export sops is a short-term hurdle for the company.

    Both Vodafone Idea and Airtel have submitted their applications with Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE, while Reliance Jio has submitted an application for trial with Korea’s Samsung, which is also the sole gear vendor for its pan-India 4G network. State-run telco BSNL, on the other hand, has submitted the application with ZTE only for trials.

    Samsung appointed Roh Tae-moon, currently its youngest-ever president at 51, as mobile chief as part of a reshuffle that came later than usual amid a series of court cases involving some of its top executives including leader Jay. Y Lee. Roh championed Samsung's shift to outsource more handset production to cut costs and better compete with lower-priced Chinese smartphone makers.

    Last month, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said the government will allocate airwaves to all telecom service providers for conducting trials of super-fast speed 5G network. India will not bar any equipment suppliers in the upcoming trials for 5G.

    Conglomerates such as the Hiranandani group and the Adanis are placing big bets in data outsourcing facilities.

    "We have taken a decision to give 5G spectrum for trials to all players," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. An in-principle decision has been taken in this regard, Prasad said at an event here. "5G is future, it is speed. We will encourage new innovation in 5G," he added. Sources said all operators and vendors, including Huawei, will be included in trials.

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