Huawei, ZTE face no impact from Chinese apps ban

That is because these are among internal apps and proprietary technology products used by top Chinese telecom gear suppliers, Huawei and ZTE, to remotely connect with company colleagues and business partners in China for daily meetings and busines...

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Huawei, for instance, is using its enterprise smart office product, IdeaHub, purely for video-conferencing remotely with internal teams in China, although it has the option to use the proprietary product to connect with external business partners, suppliers and customers, if needed.
KOLKATA: Among the 59 Chinese apps that the government banned earlier this week, apps and communication tools such as E-Space, We-Link or IdeaHub do not figure.

That is because these are among internal apps and proprietary technology products used by top Chinese telecom gear suppliers, Huawei and ZTE, to remotely connect with company colleagues and business partners in China for daily meetings and business reviews.

In fact, for these Chinese telecom vendors – who face an uncertain future in India owing to the escalating India-China border stand-off in Ladakh – it is business as usual, sources said, since they have not at all been impacted by the recent government action against Chinese mobile apps.


Interestingly, the claims come at a time when local companies have said that the recent ban is posing some communication challenges in connecting with their Chinese suppliers.

Huawei, for instance, is using its enterprise smart office product, IdeaHub, purely for video-conferencing remotely with internal teams in China, although it has the option to use the proprietary product to connect with external business partners, suppliers and customers, if needed.

Its India employees also use in-house apps such as E-Space and We-Link for unlimited calling, file sharing and instant messaging, purely for internal communication with colleagues based in China.
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ZTE India, it is learnt, has also deployed in-house proprietary digital communication tools to talk shop and conduct business reviews remotely with teams and business partners in China. The company, however, did not disclose details of the apps or remote communication tools.

“Huawei India has access to a host of proprietary communication tools and is not dependent on any of the Chinese apps banned by the government to remotely connect with company staff, business partners, associates, customers and suppliers in China,” a person with direct knowledge of the matter told ET.

Huawei and ZTE did not officially respond to ET’s queries as of press time Friday.

Amid rising tensions, New Delhi has already directed state-run BSNL and MTNL to not source telecom equipment from Huawei and ZTE, and may extend the missive to private sector telecom companies as well.
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The government list of banned Chinese mobile apps include top social media platforms such as TikTok and Helo as well as instant messaging tool WeChat, which it said was to counter the threat posed by these applications to India’s sovereignty and security.

Most of the banned apps are primarily targeted at Chinese users, but the popular WeChat messaging app is a hit with Indian traders to stay in touch with suppliers and business partners in China.
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Exporters, too, are impacted as they typically close contracts with Chinese partners and use apps like WeChat, Mi Video and QQ Mail – now banned in India -- for business communication, especially since China has barred alternatives such as WhatsApp, Google and Facebook.
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