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After Range Expansion At JB Hi-Fi, Dell Now Touts Networking

Dell, who are currently expanding their relationship with JB Hi-Fi with the introduction of new Alienware gaming machines and consumer PCs, up against the likes of HP and Lenovo, is now touting a move to Open Radio Access Networks (O-RAN), a service that will be delivered by carriers in Australia.

Dell claims Australia is one of the strongest performing markets for his company and that Australia’s early move to block Huawei from involvement in building its 5G ­telecoms infrastructure was “the right move” on security grounds.

Speaking to the Australian newspaper, the man who is said to be worth $70bn is touted an industry-wide shift towards Open Radio Access Networks (O-RAN), which would negate the need for specialised equipment and instead let telcos use software to run their networks on standardised hardware.

Dell has recently landed 5G deals with the likes of DISH in the US and Vodafone and Orange in Europe, and it’s understood it has held talks with the Australian government about it using technology in local telco infrastructure.

Speaking about the move by the Australian Government to ban Chinese provider Huawei, Michael Dell said, “I believe it was the right move.

“Countries are much more aware of the importance that telecommunications networks have in the security of a nation.”

He added that, “The O-RAN movement has really taken hold and with our supply chain and integration capabilities, and our strong alliance with VMware, we’ve created a great set of capabilities that is highly applicable to the 5G rollouts in Australia and many other countries too.”

A new report from a European defence agency also identified that Huawei’s P40 5G smartphone, on sale in Australia, poses security risks, including the potential for malware.

The device is being sold by JB Hi-Fi.

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