Radhey Shyam Sarda, CTO for radio, had already left Huawei in October last year and has joined Reliance Jio.
Huawei had last year laid off some 60-70% of its on and off-roll employees, excluding those in the R&D and Global Service Center, following plunging demand for its equipment and services amid geopolitical tensions between Beijing and New Delhi, ET reported in July last year.
Huawei is currently going through an uncertain phase in India as the government prepares a list of “trusted sources” under the National Security Directive for the supply of telecom network equipment, which can potentially keep Chinese vendors out of India’s 5G deployment, in line with the US and the UK, which have taken steps to bar them from critical infrastructure.
The Chinese company faces allegations of involvement in snooping on behalf of the Chinese state. The Indian government – amid border tensions with China – has been informally nudging state-run telcos and even private ones to stop sourcing equipment from that country, citing national security. But there has been no official communication barring Chinese vendors so far. Huawei has denied any wrongdoing.
ET recently reported that Airtel gave a wireline expansion contract worth Rs 300 crore to Huawei for its national long-distance (NLD) network. Huawei, however, has lost significant radio business from Airtel amid the uncertainty.