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Report: Oz Govt Got Incorrect Advice On Huawei Ban

Huawei has leapt on a new report from Ovum, which it claims proves the Australian government was given incorrect advice over its ban from the local 5G network rollout.

The report focuses on security agency advice that incorrectly said the encrypting core networks couldn’t be separated from the transmitting radio access networks (RAN) in 5G networks.

The Facts On 5G report from Ovum said this isn’t true, and the Core and RAN networks can and have been successfully separated in several network deployments around the world.

Telcos in the UK have announced they will use Huawei technology in their RAN networks but none have committed to using the company for its core networks.

New Zealand telco Spark has demonstrated a network powered by Huawei RAN and Cisco core technology, but only in laboratory testing.

Of the 26 commercial 5G networks launched around the world, 17 use Huawei RAN equipment, while only 9 are using Huawei core technology.

The Ovum report said 5G network security can be managed in a similar fashion to 4G networks, and that “the basic security architecture of mobile communications, including RAN/core separation, does not change in 5G”.

The firm said the separation was maintained mainly to facilitate multi-vendor rollouts, preventing networks becoming too reliant on one company’s technology and forcing them to compete and improve their security standards.

In Australia, Optus is using a multi-vendor model for 5G, with Ericsson and Nokia providing equipment.

Huawei technology was used by Optus and Vodafone in the rollout of their 4G networks.

It’s unlikely the report will have any impact on the company’s banned status in Australia.

A spokesperson for the Department of Communications recently told ChannelNews Australia’s position on 5G security is a “sovereign decision” based on “our domestic and national interests”.

Huawei chief security officer Andy Purdy said the company “is working with operators and regulators around the world… to deliver 5G in a safe and secure manner and is ready to talk with the Australian Government at any time”.

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