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Huawei To Win $120M Telco Contract Despite Security Concerns

Chinese-based Huawei is tipped to win a $120 million telecommunications contract in West Australia, despite previous national security concerns from the Australian government. Chinese rival, ZTE, was reportedly also a shortlisted bidder.

According to afr, Huawei is likely to win a $120 million contract for a 4G communications system involving Perth’s metro rail system.

The system will control operations, and is set to lay the foundation for a new driverless train network. As such, commentators assert the contract holds national security implications.

The West Australian government has informed the media it sought advice from a private security contractor and federal government agencies.

As previously reported, the United States government advised Prime Minister Turnbull of the security risks associated with Chinese-based Huawei supplying the 5G mobile phone network.

In a bid to appease concerns, the Public Transport Authority of WA asserts it’s embedding additional security measures within the system.

Speaking to afr, former intelligence officer, Dr Ross Babbage, asserts it should never have got to the point where ZTE and Huawei were the two final bidders.

The Australian Home Affairs Department has reportedly imposed a set of strict conditions for how the network can be used.

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