Despite allegations that Huawei represents a major security risk, India is set to include the company in 5G trials, according to the International Business Times.
Huawei is facing pressure around the world due to concerns it represents a way for China to spy on foreign governments and corporations. While all Chinese companies are required to cooperate with Beijing, Huawei is known for having closer ties than many companies.
As a result of these concerns, the U.S. has banned Huawei and engaged in a campaign to pressure its allies to do the same. In spite of that, India plans to include the telecommunications equipment company in upcoming 5G trials.
“We have taken the decision to give 5G spectrum for trial to all the players,” Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s telecom minister, said late Monday.
Given the size of the Indian market, if Huawei is able to secure a sizable stake, it should help the company offset losses from the U.S. and other Western countries.