Jio Gets Clean Chit From US Over Huawei, But Is China The Only Surveillance State?

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2020-06-25 15:00:57

Further like China, India’s data protection bill proposes exempting law enforcement and authorities from seeking user consent to access data

While India‘s 4G cellular network is among the slowest in the world, it has won accolades for just how affordable it is. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has often been called the flagbearer for the 4G revolution and now Jio has also earned a ‘clean telco’ label from the US.

Given that Jio has not worked with China-based Huawei for its 4G network or 5G plans, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo listed Reliance Jio among the world’s “Clean Telcos”. Firing a fresh salvo in the US-China trade war at a time when anti-China sentiment is at its peak in India, Pompeo also applauded Canadian, British and French telcos for not using Huawei.

The tide is turning toward trusted 5G vendors and away from Huawei. The world’s leading telecom companies—Telefonica, Orange, Jio, Telstra, and many more—are becoming “Clean Telcos.” They are rejecting doing business with tools of the CCP surveillance state, like Huawei.

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