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Huawei Consumer Division Still Trying To Spruik A Future As NBN Slammed

As Huawei’s Corporate Networking Division were yesterday given credit for their recent comments about the sorry state of the NBN broadband network, the Companies Consumer division which in the past have been exposed for lying about the performance of their devices was desperately grasping for oxygen as they wined and dined media in Sydney.

This was a feeble effort by Huawei consumer division to try and stay relevant in the smartphone market, after Google banned the supply of Android updates and key smartphone component manufacturers were prevented from supplying parts for Huawei devices.

Last night at the expensive QC Hotel in Sydney the Companies spin doctors were still trying to spruik a future for Huawei smartphones, despite sales off their handsets slumping over 60% in Australia as consumers dump the brand due to concerns about security and the lack of Android app upgrades.

Journalists at last night’s consumer event said that they were mystified why Huawei was still “bothering” to spruik their smartphones.

“Even if the 90-day Google ban is lifted the brand is damaged and they will struggle said one attendee”.

ChannelNews was not invited to the consumer event because we have dared to expose the failing of the brands smartphones in Australia with their PR executives moving to try and close down comment about their false claims and the use of doctored images to market their devices including their new P30 device.

We have also exposed how the Chinese Company has lied in the past about their retail distribution plans while trying to deny staff access to the right amount of termination pay after they were sacked.

Recently the Financial Review described Huawei whose network gear has been banned in Australia from being used in any 5G roll out, as a ‘Company that is tantamount to a state-owned enterprise with a virtual monopoly on China’s telco equipment market’.

Yesterday Huewei network executives moved to lecturing the federal government about the inefficiencies and failings of a state-owned monopoly while their consumer division desperately clung to a slim chance that a ban by Google could be lifted.

Many in this division face losing their jobs if the ban is not lifted.

Huewei network executives who are still building out 4G networks for carriers in Australia said that Australians have been lumbered with an inefficient, overly expensive and, by global standards, second-rate NBN monopoly wholesale broadband network.

The AFR claimed that Huawei’s local chief technology officer, David Soldani, was spot on when he highlighted the glaring inefficiency in the NBN’s rollout of a fixed wireless service to 4 per cent of the population living in regional areas.

In summary, NBN spent about $10,000 per household building a fixed wireless network that is so poor that there are hundreds of users unable to get download speeds greater than 6mps between 7pm and 11 pm each night.

NBN admits it will cost about $800 million and take about a year to fix this particular mess.

Many observers are claiming that new Communications Minister Paul Fletcher needs to fix the failed NBN project and that Huawei are the ones to fix this problem.

There are rumblings in the telco industry that long-standing competition regulator Michael Cosgrave is preparing to deliver a speech that will remind the country there is a possible pathway to introducing more competition into the telco market.

There is even speculation that the NBN could be broken up at some stage, with the multi-technology mix possibly being split among a range of new owners.

The satellite service, fixed wireless and metropolitan services (fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-kerb and HFC cable) could be spun off separately.

Some observers claim that the satellite and fixed-wireless services would be uneconomic in the hands of a private operator. It is not possible to make money in these areas without government subsidies.

Boyd said, ‘This brings us back to the core problem of having a state-owned monopoly that is manifestly inefficient and in dire need of privatisation’.

In what was a direct stab at Eriksson he said, “the sole vendor responsible for the project has been able to escape scrutiny for its role in mishandling the deployment”.

Ericsson issued a statement saying it would not comment “on unsubstantiated claims by competitors, who are currently facing business challenges in the Australian market”.

The Huawei criticism of NBN comes in the midst of an escalating technology trade war between the United States and China. This war is having serious unintended consequences with the Consumer Division of Huewei in Australia already facing problems.

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