Huawei in a tweet yesterday, August 23rd revealed that the Australian Government had blocked Both Huawei together with ZTE from providing equipment to their 5G network. Huawei and ZTE had planned to be part of Australia’s 5G network providers which will be commercial as from early 2019.
We have been informed by the Govt that Huawei & ZTE have been banned from providing 5G technology to Australia. This is a extremely disappointing result for consumers. Huawei is a world leader in 5G. Has safely & securely delivered wireless technology in Aust for close to 15 yrs
— Huawei Australia (@HuaweiOZ) August 22, 2018
Australian Government has had concerns with 5G technology because of its dubbed threat to national security. Huawei has been in poor relations with the Australian government over the possible linkage of the company to the Chinese government. Huawei has been fighting the battle since 2012 to be involved in the National broadband project.
Huawei and ZTE are both Chinese companies which according to the Chinese Law, “companies must co-operate with the intelligence services.” Analysts have issued fears of national security that Chinese companies could pose to the country of association. Which is why these two companies are facing issues with the Australian government and even the US government. Huawei was already banned in the US against bidding government contracts while ZTE had had their drama unfold a few months ago.
The Australian Home Affairs and Communications Ministers have stated that there’s “no combination of technical security controls that sufficiently mitigate the risks”. Which is line with the statement of the government saying that the “involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law” poses as a threat.
In a statement, the Australian government has noted that the difference in operability of 5G as compared to the previous 4G network poses new security threats in the country. More so in a response to the Australian Government, Lu Kang, a spokesman of China’s foreign minister has hit back saying that the Australian government should not “use various excuses to artificially erect barriers”. Additionally, he added that the Australian government should clear ideological prejudices and pave way for a fair competitive environment for Chinese companies.
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