More Questions Raised Over Optus Links With China Telecom & OZ Links With Banned Companies
Serious questions are being raised as to why the Federal Government is allowing carriers such as Optus and TPG to still buy and install questionable and possibly high risk telecommunications and networking gear from banned Chinese Company Huawei.
Also, of concern is the cosy relationship between the Communist Chinese, Central Government owned entity China Telecom and Optus.
Observers claim these relationships could not only compromise national security but the IP and business information of thousands of Australian businesses that security experts claim could “easily” be exposed to Chinese Government linked businesses that act as collectors of information” in Australia.
One Optus insider said “China Telecom has access to Optus fibre customers. They work with Optus at a carrier level to troubleshoot problems with an installation. When a problem occurs the China Telecom GNOC talk directly with Optus GNOC, the China Telecom engineers have direct access to an Optus site”.
When 4Square Media approached China Telecom under the auspices of being interested in a fibre connection we were told that Optus would be the retail customer and that they would install the ‘NTU”. China Telecom then asked what “firewall” we had in place.
They said in a LinkedIn message that being a contact of China Telecom Australia is “Really to their advantage”.
The direct relationship between China Telecom Australia Pty Ltd, an operation owned by the Communist Chinese Government and the likes of Optus who giving engineers from China Telecom access to fibre networks being installed in businesses all around Australia should be investigated immediately claim one key Optus executive who contacted ChannelNews after our recent story.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 several Countries including the USA, the UK and Australia have moved to shore up their national Security.
At the weekend, the US Department of Commerce through their Bureau of Industry & Security added 33 more Companies to their banned list of Chinese entities that they have deemed a security risk in the USA.
The reason given for the addition of the 33 new Companies to the US economic blacklist of which Huawei and Telstra supplier ZTE have been listed in the past is because of alleged human rights violations and to address U.S. national security concerns involving weapons of mass destruction and other military activities.
The blacklisting marked the latest effort by the Trump administration to crack down on companies with ties to military purchases and to punish Beijing for its treatment of Muslim minorities and some say the bans on Australian beef and the 80% tariff on Australian Barley.
It came as Communist Party rulers in Beijing on Friday unveiled details of a plan to impose national security laws on Hong Kong.
After Australia and the US Federal Governments banned the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks the UK hesitated, now as new security information emerges and China moves to ban or place tariffs on goods from members of the 5 eyes security alliance that includes Australia the UK has now moved to ban Huawei in the UK.
The Government is drawing up plans to force a full phase out of Huawei from Britain’s 5G networks within three years, officials have confirmed.
They also fear that Huawei equipment will become obsolete if they cannot get US parts for their network equipment.
Among the Chinese Companies included on the US banned list are several Companies with links to Australia or have investments from Australian organisations such as the Commonwealth Bank and Macquarie Corporation.
Chinese Company Hikvision is one of the banned Companies. They manufacture security cameras that are sold in Australia by an organisation called Video Security Products. This is an Australian owned and independently operated business that was established in 1993.
This is another Company that has appeared on the US blacklist.
Recently a Macquarie Group fund has sunk A$44 million into the Chinese facial recognition start-up.
The black-listing accuses Megvii Technology, known for its facial recognition platform Face++, of aiding China’s campaign of “repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance” against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang.
Megvii was among eight Chinese leading technology start-ups along with 20 Chinese state organisations implicated by the United States Department of Commerce “in human rights violations and abuses.” The department has barred these “entities” from buying US products and technology without government approval.
This is another banned Chinese security software Company that several PC publications have openly recommended to their readers.
PC Mag is still recommending the Qihoo 360 Total Security Essential software on their website.
In 2015, the Commonwealth Bank Disclosed Shares in Qihoo 360