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  • The device will go on sale worldwide next month.

    “There is an estimated business loss of about Rs 1,000 crore of IT products as well as Rs 350 crore worth of mobile handsets in January and February due to the spread of the coronavirus,” Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders, told.

    Jio has developed its own 5G and other technologies, to cut costs and reduce dependence on foreign vendors.

    The U.S. raised the stakes in its battle with Huawei Technologies Co., using a law historically associated with prosecuting mafia figures to claim the Chinese company engaged in decades of intellectual property theft.

    Over the past four years, the Chinese government has detained more than a million people from the far west Xinjiang region, most of them Uighurs, in internment camps and prisons where they go through forced ideological and behavioral re-education. China has long suspected the Uighurs of harboring separatist tendencies because of their distinct culture, language and religion.

    “We should give a licence fee to them (Huawei), and ensure that hardware and software would remain ours, and that's the best option,” National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) chief Lt Gen Rajesh Pant told ET. He said a multivendor approach was also one of the alternatives to thwart backdoor apprehensions.

    Lundmark, who will succeed Rajeev Suri as Nokia chief executive in September, will team up with Sari Baldauf, the incoming chairman, in a move that reunites two figures from the era when the Finnish company dominated the mobile handsets business.. The leadership change at Nokia comes as uncertainty mounts over the future of Europe's telecoms vendors.

    Six Huawei India employees, all Indians, underwent tests for coronavirus at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bengaluru in the last one week. The Huawei spokesperson confirmed that none of the company's employees in India tested positive for coronavirus.

    "The recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by novel coronavirus (nCoV) first detected in Wuhan, China, has concerned Huawei. In accordance with instructions from authorities, Huawei has initiated contingency plans to help contribute to the health and safety of our staff and the communities in which we operate," Huawei India said in a statement.

    At a special press briefing with Indian industrialists at the US embassy in New Delhi, Trump said, "During our visit we discussed the importance of a secure 5G wireless network & the need for this emerging technology to be a tool for freedom, progress, prosperity, not to do anything with where it could be even conceived as a conduit for suppression and censorship."

    Mainland China reported nine new coronavirus cases outside the epicentre of Hubei on Monday, the lowest since the national health authority started publishing nationwide daily figures on Jan. 20. Several provinces have lowered their coronavirus emergency response measures, allowing more flexibility on transportation and helping firms resume production.

    In business-to-business supplies, China is perhaps the most important trading partner for India today.

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