The Australian Government will continue to ban Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei, to get involved in any tender of the national broadband network (NBN). This is a continuation of the previous Labour Government policy that prohibits involvement with Huawei national security reasons.
The Attorney General George Brandis, expressed in a statement, after receiving an explanation of national security agencies, the government will not change the ban. He declined to give details.
“As a matter of long-established practice, the government does not comment on advice from the national security agencies,” said Brandis.
Huawei is not allowed to participate in the Australian NBN tender and previously are also suffered similar ban in the United States, driven by the availability of a concern of spy activities.
Huawei has denied such concerns. Senior Vice-President of Huawei, Chen Lifang, told ABC earlier this year, although the company would like to clarify spying, however it was not possible.
“There has never been a security breach entries from all Huawei products. Impossible for us to spy,” he said.
Huawei manufactures smart phones, modems and other products, and participate in a completion of mobile phone infrastructure for Telstra, Optus and Vodafone in Australia.
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Huawei said it may take a decade to resolve the cybersecurity concerns that restrict its access to the U.S. because the company is held to a “higher bar.”
Coalition Government’s decision is a serious blow to Huawei which has lobbied to repeal the ban. The company has even recruiting former politicians Alexander Downer and John Brumby as a member of its board in Australia.
Huawei spokesman told ABC, “Huawei understands there has been no official decisions related to the NBN”.
In the previous Labour Party government, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised that moment will review this restriction.
Last week, Trade Minister Andrew Robb who was in China says it supports Turnbull plans.
However, now George Brandis precisely stating the ban remain in place.
Huawei: unlike western companies, we’ve never been told to weaken our security
Huawei, the Chinese electronics giant that was accused of being “a security risk” in a paper by the House Intelligence Committee (its chair, Mike Rogers [R-MI], said “find another vendor if you care about your intellectual property, if you care about your consumers’ privacy, and you care about the national security of the United States of America”) has come out swinging in a new cybersecurity paper.
Huawei denies ever being told to spy on customers
Chinese tech firm Huawei has sought to dispel rumours that it spies for the Chinese government. In a foreword for a cybersecurity paper issued by his company, deputy chairman of the board Ken Hu writes that Huawei has “never received any instructions or requests from any government or their agencies to change our positions, policies, procedures, hardware, software or employment practices or anything else, other than suggestions to improve our end-to-end cyber security capability.
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