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Huawei Warns 5G Ban To Cost Jobs

Huawei Australia said it will be forced to axe 50% of its local workforce due to its ban from working on Australian 5G networks and has resigned from peak industry body Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) pointing the finger that it said has done little to help.

In a letter addressed to AMTA CEO Chris Althaus, Huawei Australia said the ban had already forced it to cut 100 jobs with more on the way.

“The 5G ban is already impacting our business with 100 job losses and if the 5G ban continues on all Chinese companies we expect the number to grow to over 400 in the next two to five years,” Huawei Australia director of corporate and public affairs Jeremy Mitchell warned.

Huawei employs over 700 staff in Australia and Mitchell said that most of the jobs are high-skill technology-based roles.

According to Huawei, AMTA, which represents Australia’s mobile telecommunications industry, had failed to stand up for the Chinese technology giant in Australia in the wake of the Federal government’s ban.

“Huawei feels that our business hasn’t been fairly represented by the organisation,” Mitchell said.

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