Huawei chair­man hits back at Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment

Ban on 5G work is “be­yond com­pre­hen­sion”.

APC Australia - - Tech Notes - Harry Do­man­ski

Af­ter com­ments were made by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing its in­abil­ity to pro­tect crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture if Huawei was to work on the coun­try’s 5G net­work, the Chi­nese com­pany has re­turned fire. Huawei chair­man John Lord has la­belled th­ese claims as be­ing “be­yond com­pre­hen­sion”, stat­ing that Aus­tralia and the US are the only two ma­jor coun­tries not us­ing the com­pany’s in­ter­net equip­ment, as it is known to be the world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work equip­ment.

Huawei, and its sub-brand ZTE, were pre­vi­ously con­fined to man­u­fac­tur­ing ‘non-core’ tech­nolo­gies such as an­ten­nae that had no in­volve­ment with the com­pu­ta­tional brain of the 5G net­work. The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s stance now is that it can­not en­sure enough sep­a­ra­tion be­tween core and non-core pro­duc­tion – par­tic­u­larly when it ex­pects our con­nected cities to be heav­ily re­liant on 5G – so both man­u­fac­tur­ers have been banned out­right. “The dis­tinc­tion be­tween core and edge col­lapses in 5G net­works.” said Mike Burgess, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Aus­tralian Sig­nals Direc­torate. “That means that a po­ten­tial threat any­where in the net­work will be a threat to the whole net­work”.

“Aus­tralia and the US are the only two ma­jor coun­tries not us­ing the com­pany’s in­ter­net equip­ment... ”

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