Space snub on city’s internet
THE Australian Space Agency has snubbed Adelaide City Council's super-fast internet network, which uses hardware from a Chinese telco that has raised concerns in Australia’s intelligence community.
The “Ten Gigabit Adelaide” network, which uses Huawei technology to connect premises to internet provided by
TPG, has been spruiked as a “revolutionary highspeed, highperformance” network that will help the city attract and retain businesses. More than 700 buildings across Adelaide are now connected to the network.
But the Australian Space Agency has confirmed it does not intend to use the service.
In response to questions by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick, pictured, at Senate estimates hearings, the agency said it had its own its telecommunication services, managed by the Department of Industry, which were “encrypted end-toend”.
“The agency’s provider is NexGen who have confirmed that they do not use Huawei equipment within its networks,” the agency said.
A space agency spokesman did not respond directly when asked by The Advertiser if its decision related to the network’s use of Huawei technology. He said only that the Department of Industry managed telecommunications requirements across its national network and its provider for Adelaide was NexGen.
Huawei was essentially blocked from building Australia’s 5G network in 2018 over security concerns.
The firm has also been banned from working on “essential” telecoms infrastructure in the United States. Senator Patrick, who last year raised concerns about the use of Huawei technology in the Ten Gigabit Adelaide network, welcomed the space agency’s confirmation it would not be using the network. “It would be appropriate for others in (Lot Fourteen) to seek advice from the Australian Cyber Security Centre,” the Centre Alliance senator said.
Adelaide City Council’s economic development associate director Michelle English said the level of take up for Ten Gigabit Adelaide was “excellent” and “in line with expectations”. “There is now 700 buildings successfully connected to Ten Gigabit Adelaide, with more than 200 businesses taking up long term service contracts.” Asked whether other occupants of Lot Fourteen had opted not to use the network, she said: “The City of Adelaide is in ongoing conversations with the State Government about the use of Ten Gigabit Adelaide in Lot Fourteen.”
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