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Huawei crackdown

India still wary of Huawei's 5G despite 'no back door' pledge

Government in no rush to greenlight Chinese gear as it examines security issues

Huawei's booth at Mobile Expo in Bangkok in May: Although skepticism remains in India over Huawei's promise, it may be difficult to exclude the Chinese giant from the country's 5G rollout.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is reluctant to allow Huawei Technologies to participate in the country's 5G rollout, despite the Chinese telecom giant's recent proposal to sign a pledge guaranteeing there will be "no back door" into its equipment that could threaten national security.

A back door is a means by which normal security can be bypassed in order to gain access to a network. They are often installed in hardware and software so programmers can troubleshoot problems, but can also be exploited by hackers.

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