Key Asian Countries Dump Huawei As They Spin ‘Porkies’ About Telstra
Huawei Australia spin doctors who could soon be out of a job are now trying to claim that recent Telstra price rises are down to Telstra not using high risk Huawei 5G gear, the claims come as more Asian Countries dump the Chinese networking Company.
Jeremy Mitchell, chief corporate affairs officer at Huawei Australia, said recently: “Telstra’s price hike reveals the inconvenient truth for the Federal Government – the Turnbull Government’s 5G ban on Huawei will have to be paid for by ordinary Aussies.
He fails to mention that Huawei is banned because his own Company is seen as corrupt and linked directly with a Chinese Government that want to harm Australia while spying on Australian nationals using Huawei equipment which Australia, the USA and now the UK have banned.
It’s also been revealed that several other Countries are now looking to ban the use of Huawei gear with Singapore becoming the latest country that has partnered with European makers for their high-speed internet infrastructure.
Last month, the owners of Optus, Singapore Telecommunications and StarHub-M1 consortium said that they had selected Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia, respectively, for their 5G networks.
Singapore is Southeast Asia’s richest and most technologically advanced nation and the dumping of the Chinese Company is a major blow for Huawei.
Singapore’s decision itself “will likely have little to no impact on Huawei’s global 5G race,” said Sofea Zukarnain, research associate at consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
Singtel is not only the island-state’s leading telco but is also influential in Asia.
It has stakes in Thailand’s AIS, Indonesia’s Telkomsel and the Philippines’ Globe Telecom, as well as Bharti Airtel in India. Although these companies’ 5G partners would primarily depend on local regulators’ preferences, Singtel’s choice could potentially matter, as it is a major shareholder and might gain economies of scale in procurement.
Thailand’s largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service in May revealed that the company had set aside up to $1.2 billion for investment in 5G network expansion, aiming to cover around 13% of the total Thai population by the end of this year.
Vietnam’s three major telecom operators, Viettel, MobiFone, and Vietnam and Telecommunications Group (Vinaphone), all of which are state-owned, completed 5G trials in major cities by April.
They have opted for non-Chinese suppliers such as Huawei despite being a Communist Country.
Viettel has collaborated with Nokia, and it has also developed its own 5G equipment, enabling the company to bypass the 5G devices supplied by Huawei.
U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration has been intensifying efforts to cripple the Chinese maker over the past weeks amid the coronavirus turmoil, which could affect countries that are still open to Huawei.
India also plans to exclude Chinese makers from its 5G trials after last month’s border clash with China, according to local reports. The South Asian country also banned Chinese apps such as TikTok and WeChat.
These add to the growing list of countries that have banned Huawei, such as Australia, which in 2018 decided to exclude Huawei and ZTE from participating in the country’s 5G networks due to security concerns.