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TPG, Optus Still Installing Dodgy Huawei Gear

Days after it was revealed that Meriton is installing questionable Huawei routers into their apartments and rental accommodation it’s been revealed that both TPG and Optus are using Huawei equipment to connect business and homes to networks a move that some analysts and Government department officials claim could lead to the Chinese Communist Party getting access to Australian network users information.

Banned as a supplier to Government in Australia and with carriers such as Vodafone, Telstra and Optus banned from using Huawei equipment to build out their 5G networks in Australia the Chinese Company has moved to use reseller and solution providers.

These organisations include home operator, LBNCo and network and fibre solution provider Opticomm who partner with FueNet in the supply of routers for Meriton apartments as well as Optus and TPG who are installing Huawei gear into homes and businesses who are signing up for so called “Fast Fibre” network connections.

Huawei has also moved to expand their distribution partners to expand the use of their questionable routers in Australia.

Recently the Chinese Company who is also banned in the USA signed up Australian distributor Exeed to sell enterprise product for use in businesses in Australia the Company is also planning to launch new Wi-Fi 6 devices.

Huawei Australia channel chief Geoff Wright claimed Exeed complements Huawei’s current Australian distie, Synnex, there was no mention of the fact that Huawei is banned in Australia from selling network gear because of security risks.

“Both organisations have different strengths and focuses and can both add value to our channel partners in different ways,” he told CRN.

“Australia is a growing market for our storage and networking products.” Wright added. “We see Exeed as being an important part of our growth in 2020, which will be driven by a number of areas, including our ‘star products’ the Dorado v6 flash storage product range and Wi-Fi 6.”

Wright added that Huawei will shortly launch 13 new Wi-Fi 6 devices.

“We see this as supercharging sales,” he said. “Leveraging technology leadership in 5G has allowed Huawei to deliver greater speed, lower latency and a greater number of connections into our Wi-Fi 6 products.”

In Australia Huawei has moved to expand sales of their network products via resellers and solution providers who are given higher margins due in part to the stench associated with selling Huawei branded gear because sales of their questionable smartphones have slumped.

Banned in the USA and from getting access to Google Android apps Huawei is facing added pressure building smartphone sales in 2020 as rising handset inventory levels in their #1 channel China, are being compounded by the coronavirus outbreak, according to DigiTimes.

Sales of Huawei’s smartphones are expected to experience steep drops as the outbreak hits their business activities and cripples their sales channels worldwide.

Global sales of Huawei’s smartphone have slowed down since the second half of 2019 after losing Google’s GMS (Google Mobile Services) support as a result of a US trade ban, the sources told DigiTimes.

Data from Strategy Analytics showed that Huawei shipped 56 million smartphones worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2019, sliding 7% from a year earlier. Its global market share also dropped to 15% from 16% during the same period.

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Sales performance of other brands including Oppo, Xiaomia and Vivo could also be affected in the first quarter, the sources commented.

Apple shipped about 72 million iPhone devices in the fourth quarter of 2019, driven by strong sales of the iPhone 11 models. The US vendor is expected to maintain shipments of 55-60 million units in the first quarter of 2020, the sources estimated.

Samsung is likely to face the best in the first quarter, leveraging its production base in Vietnam, strong sales of its A-series line-up and the release of new flagship and foldable models, said the sources.

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