Government OKs 13 applications for 5G trials; Chinese vendors kept out

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has cleared the much-delayed 5G trials, allowing Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea’s applications that seek to partner non-Chinese equipment vendors to work on developing use cases relevant for India on the next gen technology. The trials will initially be for six months.  “The applicant TSPs (telecom service providers) include Bharti Airtel Ltd, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd and MTNL. These TSPs have tied up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers, which are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT,”.