Huawei and ZTE were blocked from rolling out 5G technology in Australia over national security concerns.
Huawei and ZTE have been stooped from supplying & building up the 5G infrastructure over the national security concerns by the Australian Government. Huawei ambition to become world’s leading provider of 5G infrastructure dealt a huge blow with this ban and Huawei is not happy with it.
“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 said on Twitter.
The Australian government said national security regulations that were typically applied to telecoms firms would be extended to equipment suppliers. Companies that were “likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government” could present a security risk, it said.
The United States has previously banned Huawei from bidding for government contracts because of fears over espionage. ZTE has also had its activity restricted in the US.
Although there is no concrete evidence that Huawei or ZTE had compromised with the Chinese government in the handling of the data of its worldwide users.
A statement released by the company’s Australia arm after the announcement of Australia’s ban reaffirmed this position. Part of the statement reads; “The Australian government’s decision to block Huawei from Australia’s 5G market is politically motivated, not the result of a fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process,” the brand’s Australian arm noted in a statement. The company also stated that the Australia government’s actions “undermine the principles of competition and non-discrimination in fair trade.”
Huawei is the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment. It also ranks second in global smartphone sales, behind Samsung and ahead of Apple.1
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