Trump Advises India to Focus on 'Western 5G' Technology as Huawei Trials Delayed

© REUTERS / CHINA DAILYA 5G-powered camera to detect body temperature is seen at an agricultural market, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China February 20, 2020
A 5G-powered camera to detect body temperature is seen at an agricultural market, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China February 20, 2020 - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): The 5G trials in India, which were scheduled for January this year have advertently been delayed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Despite the lack of 5G infrastructure, India has welcomed 5G enabled smartphones to the country.

Just a day after Chinese handset maker Realme commercially launched India's first 5G smartphone called the "X50 Pro 5G", visiting US President Donald Trump on Tuesday highlighted how the country must stay focused on developing and adopting fifth-generation high-speed internet. 

Amid the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, President Trump has asked India to choose equipment needed to build the 5G infrastructure from the "West".

During his joint address to media along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the US President said the two leaders discussed the significance of a secure 5G wireless network and cautioned India against the use of technology for “suppression and censorship”.

“We discussed the importance of secure 5G wireless networks and the need for this emerging technology to be a tool for freedom, progress, prosperity; not to do anything where it could be conceived as a conduit for suppression and censorship,” Trump told media.  

The US has time and again pressed its allies not to use Chinese tech major Huawei’s 5G equipment, citing national security concerns suggesting that it could be used by China to snoop on other countries. However, both Beijing and the tech giant have consistently denied the allegations.

India allowed Chinese tech major Huawei to participate in its 5G trials despite constant caution by the US.

The Chinese company Realme and IQOO on 24-25 February launched the first 5G-enabled smartphone in India. With Realme X50 Pro 5G in the entry-level and the IQOO 3, two memory variants, India finally has two 5G enabled smartphones.

Trump, who is on a two-day visit to India that started on Monday, has signed defence, mental health, energy and telecoms agreements.   

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