Huawei Australia confirmed on Twitter this morning that it has been effectively banned from supplying equipment to Australia’s 5G networks, despite having equipment behind existing carrier networks in Australia delivering 3G and 4G.

The ban was also announced this morning by the departments of Home Affairs and Communications in a statement this morning. It did not specifically refer to the Chinese vendors, but Huawei’s statement confirms the impact. The government noted that “the government considers that the involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law, may risk failure by the carrier to adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorised access or interference.”

There’s little doubt that the ban on Huawei and ZTE equipment will have a major impact on carriers’ 5G plans, as they will most likely have to spend more to source equipment from other major vendors.

The government hasn’t made any clear statement justifying the ban, except to cite unspecified security concerns.

We’ve approached Huawei Australia for further comment.

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Bert
Bert
1 year ago

Very interesting how quickly the Chinese Govt got riled up about the ban. Where there is smoke, there is probably fire or maybe just spyware.

Niknaks
Niknaks
1 year ago

Geez jus at taking hits of late. Will be interesting to see if all this eventually trickles into and impacts their ambitions of becoming the largest mobile phone manufacturer. I suppose the execs are probably thinking thank goodness for the “developing world”.

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell
1 year ago

Yeah. I want Australia to spy on me, not China. ;-P

Fred
Fred
1 year ago

Hmm, hope they are going to be banning american suppliers as well then …

SteveT
SteveT
1 year ago

Finally, some good news.

Simon
Simon
Reply to  Chris Rowland
1 year ago

This is a really disappointing comment from you Chris, you have let your political opinion get in the way of a very serious security issue.

The decision made in regards to this issue shouldn’t be pointed towards which party is in governance in Australia. This issue extends past just our borders and is a very serious global security issue, just go ask England….

Love the site BTW and hope to continue to do so.