Reliance Jio safe, free of Chinese equipment: Pompeo

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has called Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited’s telecom arm, Reliance Jio, as clean telecom company. Making an attack on Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-controlled Huawei network, he tweeted, “The tide is turning toward trusted 5G vendors and away from Huawei. The world’s leading telecom companies—Telefonica, Orange, Jio, Telstra, and many more—are becoming “Clean Telcos.” They are rejecting doing business with tools of the CCP surveillance state, like Huawei.”

RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani claims that Reliance Jio is the only network in the world that doesn’t use a single Chinese equipment. During his meeting with US Donald Trump, Ambani reportedly told him about this.

Endorsing Pompeo’s statement, a senior official of a telecom major said, “Reliance doesn’t use radio or core telecom equipment where intelligence lies from China,” the official who doesn’t want to be quoted said. However, he said some retailers may be using accessories like modem with Jio network.

The US has been sharpening its attack on Huawei. Egged on by the US, many countries are looking for other safe options. In January 2020, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave Huawei approval to build only non-core parts of country’s 5G infrastructure.

Of the total ten recent investments in Jio Platforms, seven US-based companies have bought over 19% share in Jio for over ₹90,000 crore. The largest of the investments in Jio Platforms have come from Facebook, which bought 9.99% stake in Jio for ₹43,574 crore,

Meanwhile, Pentagon has come out with a list 20 Chinese companies with state control. In letters to lawmakers dated June 24, the Pentagon said it was providing a list of “Communist Chinese military companies operating in the United States.”

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