The department of telecommunications, under the government of India, has reportedly recommended that Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE be kept out of setting up 5G infrastructure in India. According to a report by CNBC-TV18, the DoT said that a panel set up by the govt has cited cyber security as the key reason for keeping Chinese players out of India’s 5G bid. DoT’s move is in line with India’s data localisation policy, where the govt will prioritise Indian equipment players over their Chinese counterparts. Both Huawei and ZTE, are currently facing flak across the world in terms of 5G deployment. Reports say they had submitted applications to participate in setting up 5G communications infrastructure in India. If the DoT panel’s recommendation is accepted, then equipment procurement costs may go up by almost 25%, and may also cause a delay in the date of 5G trials, say officials. The setback may lead to a further delay of up to nine months in the 5G spectrum auction.