Huawei India CEO says high spectrum costs a big challenge

Huawei India CEO Jay Chen is confident the Indian government will come up with solutions to overcome critical challenges around high spectrum cost and network security even as the country prepares for another airwaves auction in the run-up to going 5G.

“India is at a similar moment that China was some 30 years ago, when (Chinese leader and reformer) Deng Xiaoping had said it’s important to catch the opportunity for the interest of the next generation, and I believe PM Modi has the wisdom to similarly tap the right opportunities to address these challenges and transform the telecom industry as it braces for 5G,” Chen said ET Telecom’s 5G Congress Thursday.

“When China opened its economy to the outside world some 20-30 years ago, there was a popular refrain that if one has the right mindset, a solution would emerge and overcome any challenge, and I believe the Modi government and India’s telecom industry have enough wisdom to handle the 5G spectrum challenge,” the Huawei India CEO said.

Huawei’s focus, he said, is in developing 5G use cases and the 5G ecosystem for India.


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