More than eighty products from American, Korean and Chinese tech manufacturers have been waiting for approval from the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing (WPC), a branch of the Indian telecom agency, since November.
These are devices with Chinese WiFi modules, such as smartphones and laptops.
It would concern products from, among others, Dell, HP, Xiaomi, OPPO, Lenovo and Vivo, insiders report to
It is not only foreign manufacturers who are bothered by the awaiting approval of the WPC.
Indian tech companies that import their Wi-Fi modules from China would also run into this.
The cause, according to
partly due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to make India "more self-sufficient" and thus to be less dependent on China.
None of the tech companies have responded to the news agency's message.
The Indian telecom agency has not yet responded either.
Tensions between India and China have been mounting since last year's border dispute. In January, there was another escalation between the two countries in the Himalayas. In addition to skirmishes at the border, the tensions manifest themselves in several other ways. For example, in June last year, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok.