We are faced with a new tech reality that comes with a promise of revolutionary change—5G. But it also comes amid some apprehensions, like the Sino-American trade war with focus on Chinese tech giant Huawei. Ranjan Mathews, director-general of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)—India’s largest communications industry association—speaks to Pranay Sharma about the future of 5G in India and the Huawei controversy. Excerpts:
How closely are you watching developments related to 5G technology, especially in the background of the ongoing tussle between the United States and China?
We are definitely looking at 5G as India is keen on deploying it at the earliest. Some countries have already auctioned 5G spectrum. But the US situation will not have an effect on us; the Indian government will take an independent decision.
Huawei has a presence in India. What is the industry feedback regarding it?
Huawei has been in India for over 20...