India holds up wireless approvals for China-made devices, delaying launches

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Import from China Electronic devices So – such as Bluetooth speakers, wireless earphones, smartphones, smartwatch and laptops – which contain the WiFi module being postponed, said source.

Modi's government this week omitted Chinese gearmaker Huawei from a list of participants in its 5G trials, though European and Korean rivals were permitted
Modi’s government this week omitted Chinese gearmaker Huawei from a list of participants in its 5G trials, though European and Korean rivals were permitted

India has raised approval for imported WIFI modules from China for months, driving companies such as computer makers A.S. Dell and HP and Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Lenovo to delay the launch of the main growth products, said two industry sources.

Import from China Electronic devices So – such as Bluetooth speakers, wireless earphones, smartphones, smartwatch and laptops – which contain the WiFi module being postponed, said source.

Wireless Wing Planning and Coordination of the Ministry of Communication (WPC) has a cut agreement since at least November, according to these sources, who are accustomed to lobbying efforts by companies looking for permission.

More than 80 of these applications by US companies, China and Korea have been delayed with WPC since then, one source said. Even the application of several Indian companies, which carries several finished products from China, is awaiting WPC approval, the source added.

Dell, HP, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Lenovo did not respond to requests for comments.

The Ministry of Communication also did not respond to a comment request. And both sources said the government still had to respond to representations made by industrial lobby groups and each company.

The hard attitude of India on Chinese imports came in the middle of the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a larger economic independence.

The nationalist policy has helped increase the growth of smartphone assembly in the South Asian country, and these sources believe that the government’s intention is to persuade the company to find more production of their electronic devices in India.

“The government’s idea is to encourage the company to produce these products in India,” said one source.

“But technology companies are trapped in difficult situations – making in India will mean large ticket investment and wait long for returns, on the other hand the obstacles forced by the government to imports means the potential for income loss.”

India previously allowed companies to declare themselves with wireless equipment, a step that made import easier, but the new rules in March 2019 mandated the company to seek government approval.

While the Indian market and the potential of exports have turned it into the world’s second largest mobile maker, technology analyst and industrial people say it does not have a size or scale for companies to invest large in making products and devices that can be used as smart.

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Long delay in WPC’s agreement also underlined the Indian strategy to cut China’s influence in its technological economy, especially after the border clash with Beijing last year even though tensions had subsided since then.

The modi government this week was removed from Huawei Chinese toothmakers from the list of participants in the 5G trial, although European and Korean rivals were permitted.

And after the spread of 5G began in India, New Delhi is likely to block the cellular operator from using the Huawei Gear Telecoms, Reuters previously reported.

Company A.S. Apple, Cisco and Dell last year were trapped in Indian border tensions with China, as Indian ports raised their import of products from China.

In another example, reported by Reuters late last year, Indian strict control over quality permission for electronic goods from China slowed the Import of the Apple iPhone model.

Now the company has obtained safety permits from the Indian quality control body, getting WPC approval has become a major obstacle to importing electronic devices from China.

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