Huawei Throws In The 5G Towel Down Under
SYDNEY: Huawei Australia CEO Hudson Liu, pictured, has confirmed at the first in a series of Town Hall meetings that the Chinese networking giant has given up on any involvement in Australia’s 5G rollout.
Liu said that regrettably Huawei has to abide by the rules and regulations of the country in which it is operating – and those rules don’t currently favour Huawei. (The Federal Government has banned Huawei from its 5G rollout, due to similar security concerns raised in the USA by the Trump Administration.)
Hudson Liu (pictured, page 1) told last night’s audience of about 50 journalists and technology experts, however, that Huawei is not giving up on the Australian market.
He gave an upbeat assessment of the Chinese company’s future in Australia and said it will continue to service its customers here and promote its technology.
He then – in Steve Jobs’ style – pulled from his coat pocket his piece-de-resistance, Huawei’s folding phone the Mate X 5Gs. Liu later told CDN that the folding device is expected to be available in Australia from April, but he couldn’t give a price, only saying it would be “expensive”.
The meeting was well supplied with bubbly and hors d’oeuvres, as various speakers, including Huawei’s new ambassador, former Australian senator Nick Xenophon, hyped the Chinese company’s credentials as a maker of cutting-edge equipment and as a supplier.
Huawei is planning similar Town Hall meetings around the country over the next month, apparently in a bid to assure its Australian customers not to drop the embattled Chinese tech giant. – Chris Castellari