China's Huawei banned from Australia's broadband network
Posted in: Government & Policy at 25/03/2012 21:17
The federal government has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei from participating in multibillion- dollar tenders to supply equipment to the national broadband network because of concerns over cyber attacks originating in China.
But Huawei is fighting the ban vigorously in public and by using diplomatic channels. It plans to announce its sponsorship of the Canberra Raiders rugby league football team in a bid to lift its profile in the national capital.
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ASIO forced NBN to dump Huawei
The federal government-owned NBN Co internally endorsed controversial Chinese equipment maker Huawei Technologies as a major supplier to the $36 billion national broadband network, but was blocked by the Gillard government on the advice of intelligence agency ASIO.
The Australian Financial Review reported at the weekend that Huawei, which counts former foreign minister Alexander Downer and former Victorian premier John Brumby as Australian board members, was told by the Attorney-General's Department late last year that it was banned from tendering for lucrative NBN contracts because of concerns over cyber attacks originating in China.
Huawei Told Not to Apply for Australian Broadband Project [IDG]
Huawei called Australia's ban on the company from supplying equipment for its national broadband project due to security concerns a "setback."
The Australian Financial Review reported on Saturday that Huawei's chairman for Australia was told by a top official in the Attorney General's office that the company would not be allowed to supply equipment for the National Broadband Network (NBN) because of worries over cyberattacks originating from China.
Australian government bans Huawei from NBN
Huawei, the leading Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer has been told by the Australian Government that its bids for supply to the NBN are not welcome.
Long accused of links to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (as the company's chief executive was once a member, serving as an engineer) and also dogged by accusations of employing serving members of the PLA Huawei has always had a difficult time establishing its bona fides in Western countries.