During the anti-China sentiments in India, Ericsson, the Swedish telecom equipment maker is hoping to win contracts in the Indian telecom market based on the power of its technology leadership, and also said that as a practice, they do not base their business plans on issues that are not under the company’s control.
The head of Ericsson India, Nitin Bansal said that the company continues to be “very confident” of the company’s technology effectiveness. Regarding a question asked to Bansal, which was if the anti-China sentiments in the country would offer a competitive edge to non-Chinese gear vendors in the Indian telecom market, where data and voice consumption patterns are graphing a new high, he said:
“We do not base our business plans on things which we cannot control… we believe in technology leadership. And, if you see globally, we have been winning on our technology leadership.”
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) had cancelled a multi-crore tender for 4G telecom network upgrade once the government had requested the company to not use any Chinese equipment.
Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Huawei and ZTE are all big players in the Indian market where quick digitisation and large data requirements are pushing network scale-up by telecom operators.
“Whatever the decision the government takes (on the participation of Chinese players in contracts)…we believe we will win on our technology leadership, we are very confident,” Bansal said.