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Huawei and ZTE banned from providing equipment to build Australia's 5G network

By Shawn Knight · 6 replies
Aug 23, 2018
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  1. Australia has banned Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE from supplying equipment to build the nation’s 5G mobile network.

    Huawei’s official Australian Twitter account recently announced that the government has banned it and ZTE from providing 5G technology to Australia. The company said it is an extremely disappointing result for consumers, especially considering it is a world leader in 5G and has “safely & securely” delivered wireless technology Down Under for nearly 15 years.

    Australia’s communications and acting home affairs ministers on Thursday issued a joint statement on the matter. In part, it reads:

    The Government considers that the involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law, may risk failure by the carrier to adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorized access or interference.

    The ministers, who didn’t mention any specific firms by name, added that as 5G and related technologies continue to develop, new risks relating to the technology may emerge and require further government consideration.

    As Reuters highlights, Chinese law requires citizens and organizations to assist, support and cooperate with intelligence work. Many believe this makes Chinese equipment a conduit for espionage.

    Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said they urge the Australian government to abandon ideological prejudices and provide a fair competitive environment for Chinese companies’ operations in Australia.

    ZTE hasn’t publicly commented on the matter.

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  2. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 375   +217

    Liu Kang, you can't just bicycle kick your way in and out of peoples private lives
  3. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 729   +472

    Wait until some more western companies get told that they can't box their way out of peoples private lives.
  4. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 375   +217

    Huh? Why do I got to wait?
  5. MasterMace

    MasterMace TS Booster Posts: 90   +55

    They swear they are the world leader in a technology that's not out yet. I suppose everybody is in 1st place before a race actually starts.
    Reehahs likes this.
  6. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 729   +472

    Google and few others are already banned in China. If there are any further bans than you would see similar uproar from newly banned companies.
  7. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 375   +217

    Still don't know why you told me to wait. Wait for an uproar, why do I have to wait for that??
    Who cares if they are butthurt, Australia can hire whoever tf they wana hire. I wouldn't hire a country like China to build my future telecommunications infrastructure either.

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