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Australia bans Huawei from selling 5G tech

24 August, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Lydia Fleming
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The Australian government reportedly followed advice from security agencies on the matter, though it will no doubt come as another big blow to Huawei, which has already seen a significant deal fall through in the us this year.

Acting Home Affairs Minister Scott Morrison and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield added that there was "no combination of technical security controls that sufficiently mitigate the risks".

Chinese tech company Huawei said on Thursday that the Australian government has blocked it from providing 5G technology for the country's wireless networks.

Australia's move worsens Huawei's regulatory woes across the world, with the company and ZTE having been recently blocked from supplying technology to the USA government.

Suppliers "who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government" would leave Australia's network vulnerable to unauthorized access or interference, the government said in a statement.

The move signals Australia is aligned with the United States on the issue, sharing the view that China's telecommunications firms' government links pose a threat to national security.

"Instead of exploiting all kinds of excuses to create hurdles and taking discriminatory measures, we urge the Australian side to abandon ideological biases and create a sound environment" for competition, Mr Lu said.


Huawei has defended the security of its products.

For months Huawei has asserted its 5G inclusion would not provide security risks, given its heavy involvement in the existing 4G network.

"We have been informed by the Govt that Huawei & ZTE have been banned from providing 5G technology to Australia", Huawei Australia said in a Tweet.

"This is an extremely disappointing result for consumers".

But Huawei's exclusion from the mobile network comes at a time of particularly strained relations between Australia and China, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had two weeks ago sought to reset with a conciliatory speech.

In its updated guidelines, the Aussie gov also points out that differences in the way 5G operates compared to previous network generations introduce new risks to national security.

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