Saturday , November 17 2018 Ausdroid » News » Huawei and ZTE banned from supplying equipment to 5G networks in Australia

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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Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

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Tibb So
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Tibb So

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
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Niknaks

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

Fred
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Fred

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

SteveT
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SteveT

Finally, some good news.

Chris Rowland
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Chris Rowland

I wouldn’t call it good news at all. I hate to think how much more expensive things will now be because two of the most competitive providers of network equipment have been prevented from participating in a huge infrastructure project.

I mean, if you look at how the libs screwed up the NBN project, look at all the opportunities for them to screw up 5G as well …

Simon
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Simon

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.

Chris Rowland
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Chris Rowland

I’m not convinced that this isn’t a political decision first and foremost, with ambiguous, nonspecific security trotted out as that old tried and tested justification.

I don’t see how, if we’re so worried about Chinese componentry in 5G networks, that we’re not worried at all about the involvement of the same kind of technology in things such as our 3G and 4G networks, large swathes of non-NBN broadband infrastructure, our public transport infrastructure, our financial systems and everything else.

But hey, perhaps I’m naive.

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