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India makes its maiden entry into 5G standards, pisses off big telecoms

As the 5G standards window closes in, India has added a feature to it. International vendors like Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm are worried. If India continues on this path, it could become a threat to their cosy club which lords telecoms patents

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For the last three years, Kiran Kumar Kuchi has been travelling to the global telecoms standards meetings with resolute regularity. A trip every month. To the high-stakes 5G standards being drafted during the time, Kuchi and his colleagues from the Indian Institutes of Technology wanted to add a typically Indian requirement. But the stiff negotiations…

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