Under the proposed agreement, the Indian government will have the powers to ban the Chinese company from operating in the country if there is serious evidence of security breach on its part.
India will also be free to test Huawei’s equipment for any alleged breach either on its own or through a third party (Indian or international), without informing the Chinese company. Huawei
is willing to pay a compensation if there is any deficiency in the security system of its network, depending on how serious the lapse is.
The company has made similar offers to other governments that have banned or are debating an entry into 5G telephony.
For instance, in May this year, Huawei
offered to ink a no-spy agreement with the British government. The company had in 2011 signed similar agreements with telcos in India, with a provision for penalties in the case of any deficiency in security mandated by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
Explaining the new offer, Huawei India Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jay Chen said: “We are inviting all telecom equipment manufacturers to sign such agreements with the government, and have conveyed that we are ready to do so with the Indian government. We are waiting for a response from it.”
On the question of the DoT’s silence on even allowing Huawei to conduct 5G trials, Chen made a strong pitch: “Japan can afford to ban China . But India cannot afford to have only a few partners for business. It has to be open to collaborating with the whole world. The decision cannot be based on the country of origin but on a standard universal policy.”