Australia bans Huawei and ZTE from providing 5G tech in the country

Australia bans Huawei and ZTE from providing 5G tech in the country

Australia bans Huawei and ZTE from providing 5G tech in the country

Huawei has said it would never hand over Australian customer data to Chinese spy agencies, but the government's statement said no combination of security controls sufficiently mitigated the risk.

Huawei is expected to deliver next-generation 5G equipment and mobile devices next year, but those products may not reach Australian shores at all.

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

Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE have effectively been banned from rolling out Australia's 5G network after Canberra warned of security risks with companies beholden to foreign governments, prompting Beijing to denounce "ideological biases".

Huawei Australia tweeted that the decision was "extremely disappointing".

Huawei chairman Liang Hua did comment on the recent Australian ban on the sidelines of the Smart China Expo in Chongqing on Thursday.

Whilst ZTE and Huawei have not been explicitly named in the government's statement, wording implies local telcos which involve groups such as Huawei and ZTE "risk failure by the carrier" to "adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorised access or interference".

In Beijing, the foreign ministry and commerce ministry said China was concerned with Australia's decision, adding that Australia should not use the excuse of national security to artificially erect barriers and conduct discriminatory practices.

According to Efe news, Australian authorities said the two firms had been kept out owing to their dependence on the Chinese government.

The Australian government reportedly followed advice from security agencies on the matter, though it will no doubt come as another big blow to Huawei, which has already seen a significant deal fall through in the us this year.

Organizations and individuals in China are required by law to aid in the government's intelligence efforts, making Huawei's technology a potential instrument of espionage.

"It is. out of step with this attempt to reset the relationship", said James Leibold, Associate Professor of Politics and Asian Studies at La Trobe University.

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