Electronic products such as Bluetooth speakers, wireless earphones, smartphones, smartwatches, and laptops, etc., manufactured in China, have a WiFi module. Import of all these products is closed.
The launch of more than 80 foreign applications has been stalled due to India’s withdrawal of imports of Chinese-made WiFi modules since November. According to two sources related to the telecom industry, companies that are delaying the launch of their products in this important market include Dell of America, HP, Siomi of China, Oppo, Vivo, and Lenovo, etc.
Sources say electronic products such as Bluetooth speakers, wireless earphones, smartphones, smartwatches, and laptops, etc., manufactured in China, have a WiFi module. Import of all these products is closed. According to sources, the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) wing of the Ministry of Communications has withheld approval since November last year.
Companies are continuously lobbying to remove this ban. A source says that apart from American, Chinese and Korean companies, there are many Indian companies who import some products from China. However, neither the Ministry of Communications nor Dell, HP, Siomi, Oppo, Vivo and Lenovo etc. have responded to this in the media.
Screw stuck due to self-reliant India initiative
Sources say that India took this drastic step during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plea for greater economic self-sufficiency. The government’s idea is to pressure foreign companies to make these products in India instead of importing them from China. But this has caught tech companies in a difficult situation. Construction in India means making huge investments and waiting a long time for it to return. On the other hand, obstruction of imports by the government means a big loss in revenue to companies. Even though the Indian market and export potential has made it the second-largest mobile manufacturer in the world, but technical experts and industry insiders say that it is still not on such a large scale, for which companies here have IT products and smart Make a huge investment in building equipment.
It used to happen before
Earlier, India had allowed companies to import their wireless products through self-declaration, but the new rules in March 2019 made it mandatory to get government approval for this.
The aim is to reduce Chinese infiltration
Experts agree that India’s delay in approving WPC shows a strategy to reduce Chinese influence and infiltration into its tech economy. This strategy was made effective especially after the border dispute with Beijing last year. The Modi government also allowed European and Korean companies in 5G trials this week, but Chinese company Huawei was excluded from the list of trials due to this strategy. Once the 5G network is launched in India, it will also prohibit mobile companies from using products from Huawei Telecom on behalf of New Delhi.