- Jio not to have Chinese parts in its 5G network, says Mukesh Ambani
- Donald Trump had asked Mr Ambani if Jio will also launch 5G operations
- US President interacted with India Inc in New Delhi on Tuesday
Reliance Jio will not have a single Chinese network part in its upcoming 5G network, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani told US President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Reliance Jio is the only network in the world that doesn't use Chinese equipment, Mr Ambani told Mr Trump during the US President's interaction with CEOs here, the transcript of which was released by the White House on Thursday. Jio has South Korea's Samsung as a networking partner for both its 4G and 5G networks.
Mr Trump, who was on his maiden trip to India, asked Mr Ambani, "You're doing 4G. Are you going to do 5G too?" Mr Ambani responded: "We're going to do 5G. We're the only network in the world that doesn't have a single Chinese component."
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had said here in October that the US was worried that if its allies used Huawei's 5G telecommunication equipment, they could expose themselves to security risks.
The Trump administration has been persuading India to keep China's Huawei out of the India's 5G deployments. But the Indian government has allowed Huawei and ZTE to participate in 5G trials. However, allowing Huawei to participate in the commercial deployments of 5G will be another decision.
The US feels Chinese telecom vendors Huawei and ZTE are security threats and are involved in snooping on behalf of the Chinese government.
The US and its allies - including Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan - have banned the two companies from participating in 5G networks, while the UK has allowed them to sell non-core items.