EXCLUSIVE China Telecom & Huawei Doing A roaring Trade With Partners TPG, AAPT, & Optus
China Telecom (Australia) Corporation Limited which is primarily owned and controlled by the Communist Government of China, and the banned Chinese Company Huawei, are doing a roaring business in Australia via carriers such as Optus, AAPT and TPG.
TPG has a Malaysian CEO and major shareholder and Optus is owned by SingTel a Singapore Company.
The President of China Telecom Australia is Anthea, Xuan Ye, on her linkedIn page she is associated with Xichu(James) Zhao, CEO Huawei Australia.
China Telecom is an organization the US Government wants to ban because of security concerns with the US Federal Communications Commission threatening to ban the Company unless they can show they’re independent from the Chinese government, the latest in the agency’s efforts to limit Beijing’s role in U.S. networks.
In Australia hundreds of businesses are doing business with China Telecom Australia and Huawei and they don’t even know it.
Both TPG and AAPT are installing questionable Huawei routers with their so called Fibre 400Gb business plan.
Last year a Company in North Sydney called Think Big installed what they thought was an Optus business service, the people who turned up to fix problems with the fibre network were from China Telecom.
At the time 4Square Media spoke to these engineers who had limited English.
The router was supplied by Huawei.
Earlier this year 4Square Media migrated from a slow TPG service to the 400GB per second TPG/AAPT service.
When the gear was installed, we discovered the Company was using Huawei routers. There is no mention on the TPG or AAPT web sites that one is going to end up with Chinese Huawei routers.
An engineer for the Company admitted that they could see what gear such as Netgear Wi Fi routers that were sitting on our network.
This week we approached China Telecom to see how much of the Chinese Companies technology was being installed in Australia they said, “A lot”.
Serena Li a Senior sales manager at China Telecom (Australia) Pty Ltd said that the Company was working directly with Optus to install China Telecom services in Australia.
In correspondence with ChannelNews we asked how China Telecom work with Optus “Optus will install their NTU for the fibre…We have our GNOC talking directly with Optus GNOC, it will speed up the troubleshooting time” she said.
She then admitted that China Telecom are the carrier level troubleshooting and installation operators for Optus.
It now appears that Optus is the retail reseller with China Telecom have direct access to the network operations at thousands of Australian businesses that pay for an Optus service.
At this stage neither Optus or TPG who are merging with Vodafone have responded to our requests as to why they are using equipment from Huawei a Company banned by the Australian and US Government because of security concerns.
China Telecom Australia was established in January 2011.
Its inception in Australia was based on partnerships with carriers. The Company has a direct relationship with senior officials in the Chinese military and have engaged in covert listening operations and intelligence gathering in Australia according to Australian security sources.
Recently Several US departments urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Telecom (Americas) Corp’s authorization to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.
“This recommendation reflects the substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks associated with China Telecom’s continued access to US telecommunications infrastructure,” the group of departments, including State, Justice, Defence, Homeland Security and Commerce, as well as the United States Trade Representative, said in a filing to the FCC last week.
The call came as the FCC continues its review of China Telecom, an inquiry that began last year. The US subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned telecommunications company has held the license to provide services in the US since 2007.
Last May, the FCC voted unanimously to deny the request of another state-owned Chinese telecommunications company, China Mobile, to provide services in the United States. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said after that vote that the commission had determined China Mobile is controlled by the Chinese government.
The statement on Thursday cited risks that the Chinese government could use the FCC’s approval to conduct espionage against the US government.
Last year, the Trump administration and the Australian Federal Government placed Huawei Technologies – the Chinese telecoms company that is the global leader in next-generation 5G technology, on an “entity list” and barred it from supplying gear for the roll out of 5G networks in Australia.
The US Federal Government stopped the Chinese Company from buying critical components from its American suppliers.
The US has also urged other governments around the world to exclude Huawei from developing their 5G infrastructure, citing national security risks.