Spy concerns keep Chinese firm out of network bidding
CANBERRA | Australia has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei from bidding to help build a nationwide high-speed Internet network because of concern about cyberattacks traced to China.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday that the move was among “prudent decisions” to ensure that the planned network functions properly.
The ban highlights concern about Beijing’s cyberwarfare efforts, a spate of hacking attempts aimed at Western companies and the role of Chinese equipment providers, which are expanding abroad.
Huawei Technologies Ltd. is one of the world’s biggest producers of switching equipment that forms the hearts of phone and data networks. The company rejected suggestions that it might be a security risk and said it has won the trust of global telecommunications carriers.
Beijing’s relations with Western governments have been strained by complaints about hacking traced to China and aimed at oil, technology and other companies. A U.S. congressional panel has said it will investigate whether allowing Huawei and other Chinese makers of telecommunications gear to expand in the United States might aid Chinese spying.