As anyone watching Huawei Technologies’ change of fortunes knows by now, the telecoms gear company has a suite of next-gen technologies and yet faces a near-existential question on their deployment. In a cyclical telecom networks industry, 5G is the beacon of growth for giant equipment makers. Beams from that beacon arose from Chengdu in western China last week where Huawei hosted Indian journalists. Headlines read: 5G rollout will be delayed by 3 years in India if it bans Huawei. 

Reports in the two leading business dailies, however, masked one truth: 5G rollout in India will happen only after two-three years, Huawei or not.