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Huawei slams Australian 5G network ban

Chinese tech giant terms the Australian government's decision to block it as politically motivated

Huawei slams Australian 5G network ban
Huawei has never been asked to engage in intelligence work on behalf of any government, the company said.

Huawei has hit back at the Australian government for banning it from participating in the country’s planned 5G rollout.

Yesterday, we reported that Canberra has barred Huawei from supplying 5G equipment to the country’s telcos as they deploy 5G networks, citing possible Chinese government interference and hacking. 

In a statement, the Chinese tech giant termed the Australian government's decision to bar it from the market as “politically motivated” and not the result of a “fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process.”

The ban denies Australian businesses and consumers the right to choose from the best communications technology available, the company said. Businesses and consumers will ultimately suffer the most from the government's actions as a non-competitive market will raise the cost of network construction, it added.

Huawei also dismissed the assertion that it is subject to the whims of the Chinese government. “Chinese law does not grant government the authority to compel telecommunications firms to install backdoors or listening devices or engage in any behaviour that might compromise the telecommunications equipment of other nations,” the statement said, adding that Huawei has never been asked to engage in intelligence work on behalf of any government.

Huawei highlighted the advances it has made in 5G as one of the core developers behind the technology. For instance, the company was the first to unveil a full range of end-to-end (E2E) 3GPP-compliant 5G product solutions covering the core network, the bearer network, base station, and terminals, as well as the first 5G chipset, earlier this year. Huawei is also the only company to make a commitment to launching 5G device in mid-2019. The Australian government has thus effectively denied it a right to compete for a return on our investment.

Huawei said the Australian government has not issued any specific concerns about Huawei's governance, security, or suitability to safely and securely conduct business in Australia, leaving the company with limited options for redress. “We will continue to engage with the Australian government, and in accordance with Australian law and relevant international conventions, we will take all possible measures to protect our legal rights and interests,” it added.

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