Australia blocks Huawei and ZTE from its 5G network

Australia blocks Huawei and ZTE from its 5G network
Huawei has managed to find success in Europe, but other regions remain wary of the Chinese telecommunications giant. Most notably, earlier in 2018, a deal between Huawei, AT&T, and Verizon fell through at the last minute, effectively locking Huawei out of the US market. The move was allegedly spurred by national security concerns and political pressure.

Australia has now followed suit with its latest ban on Huawei technologies. A new report by Reuters reveals that the Australian government has banned Huawei and ZTE from supplying local carriers with 5G network equipment. National security concerns are once again the reason behind the reversal. According to the report, the Australian government was advised on the matter by security agencies.

The government said in an emailed statement on Thursday that national security regulations typically applied to telecom carriers would now be extended to equipment suppliers. The statement clarifies that using equipment from firms “who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government” presents considerable national security risks.

UK watchdog National Cyber Security Centre has also warned that the use of ZTE's equipment and services could pose a national security risk.

Huawei recently surpassed Apple as the world's second-largest smartphone maker and is currently the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment.

source: Reuters, BBC



1. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Good job . American propaganda working.

4. Taphius

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Doubt it's just us. FVEY will probably all ban them. Sucks because we need more competition.

2. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And if this is true? There are already 3 with warning about Huawei and ZTE beeing close to Chinese gov. I am suspicious now, too, looking forward for more info about this.

3. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

No spying code has ever been found in Huawei device.

8. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Australia is part of the Five Eyes initiative which is headed by the US and is used to spy on billions of private communications worldwide. This is just pressure from the US Gov, and is more likely due to Chinese OEM's refusing to add back doors in it's equipment (unlike Cisco) Huawei has been operating network equipment for Australian carriers for the last 15 years and all of a sudden they are a security threat, yeah right!

5. rabramson2443 unregistered

National security for whom? The people or the government leaders? Just another way to weed out the competition in a monopolistic western economy. Apple and Samsung are fully behind the wheel on this one.

9. Subie

Posts: 2426; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Re-read the article, it's about network equipment and not cell phones. And last I checked Samsung was not a Western company. Please come up better logic to feed your conspiracy theory. At least in regards to this article...

10. rabramson2443 unregistered

Isn't Oneplus a Chinese company? I don't hear any complaints about it? And while Samsung may not be technically a Western society, geographically speaking, South Korea is a vassal of The United States. Brush up on your geopolitical background before chiming in.

11. Subie

Posts: 2426; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Does Oneplus supply networking equipment to Australia? Because that's what this article is about. You still haven't given any coherent reasoning why Apple and Samsung would be "fully behind the wheel on this one" And unless you can show proof that Samsung is controlled by America your geopolitical beliefs on South Korea is a moot point in your argument. And even if they were you still wouldn't be able to show why Samsung would be behind Australia blocking ""Networking Equipment""

13. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

While it is true that Korea functions as a vassal state to the US, and Samsung is one of the (if not the most) dirtiest, sneakiest companies in the world in terms of anti competition, there is no proof Samsung has a hand in this. Accusations without proof sucks. Your claim of Samsung's involvement is similar to people accusing Huawei amd ZTE of spying with absolutely zero proof to date.

6. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol I like how every other company is allowed to spy on us. Hell, we even have an organization that centers on the aspect in the name of security.

7. tjb51681

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 19, 2017

Does anyone remember the nexus 6p, was made by Huawei, worked on all carriers and no one complained about security risk, just saying...

12. rabramson2443 unregistered

MONOLOPY! Look it up in the dictionary.

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