Do not mix geopolitical and corporate issues: COAI

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NEW DELHI: As the government mulls action to keep Chinese equipment vendors out of telecom infrastructure, industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said on Thursday that geopolitical issues — under the purview of the government — should be kept separate from corporate decisions.
COAI, whose members include operators such as

Bharti Airtel

,

Vodafone Idea

and

Reliance Jio

, further said that so far, the government has not mandated exclusion of any vendors’ equipment from private operator networks.
However, when government makes laws, companies are “duty-bound” to comply with them, it added. “Geopolitical issues are the provenance of the government and such decisions are distinct; and should ideally be kept separate from commercial decisions which are the provenance of companies,”it said.

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