Electronics & Information Technology Minister of India Ravi Shankar Prasad. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
No call on whether to bar the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer had yet been taken by the government.
Indian companies supplying US-origin technology to Chinese multinational technology company Huawei may face penal action under American regulations, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Parliament on Wednesday.
“Any Indian company which will act as a supplier of US-origin equipment, software, technology to Huawei and its affiliates in entity list could be subject to penal action/sanction under US regulations,” Telecom Minister Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
“Huawei’s inclusion in the entity list implies that US companies require a prior export licence for sale of any equipment/software/technology to Huawei,” Prasad said.
“So far six proposals have been received which include proposals from China’s ZTE and Huawei. Any field trial in respect of 5G is to be carried out only through licensed Telecom Service Providers in a restrictive, limited geographical area and for the specific use case,” Prasad said.
However, he said, no call on whether to bar the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer had yet been taken by the government.