Turnbull To Block Huawei 5G Network Over Security Concerns
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly set to block Huawei from building Australia’s 5G wireless network, as the Chinese company continues to face national security concerns.
As per afr, several national security agencies have expressed concern over Huawei’s links with the Chinese government, and have advised against allowing the company to bid on 5G contracts.
Speaking to the ABC, Huawei Australia Chairman, John Lord, asserts the company is still in discussions with the federal government, and was yet to cross any “real concerns” about its 5G involvement.
On Wednesday, Huawei also missed its opportunity to lay an undersea communications cable connecting Australia to Papua New Guinea and the Solomons.
The Australian government is said to follow the lead of other Western Governments, who have warned against large-scale telco involvement from Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE.
As previously reported, in February America’s FBI, CIA and NSA intelligence chiefs issued a warning against Huawei over national security risks.
Despite criticism, Huawei is tipped to win a $120 million contract for a 4G communications system involving Perth’s metro rail system.
Prime Minister Turnbull is set to announce the financial decision on the local 5G wireless network soon.