China's Huawei, ZTE blocked from Australia's 5G network

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Huawei Australia on Thursday continued to highlight its credentials, saying it has "safely and securely delivered wireless technology" in the country for nearly 15 years.

"We have been informed by the Govt that Huawei & ZTE have been banned from providing 5G technology to Australia", the company said on Twitter.

In early July, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency under the US Department of Commerce, also singled out China Mobile, saying the world's largest wireless network operator by subscribers posed a security risk in its recommendation that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deny its application to build its own infrastructure and provide consumer and corporate telecommunications services in the US.

For several months, reports speculated Huawei could be banned from Australia's 5G network, with commentators awaiting a final announcement, despite the company's continual denial.

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. "Has safely and securely delivered wireless technology in Australia for close to 15 years". Huawei and ZTE have disputed they represent any such risk.

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Mr Morrison said the Government's priority would "always be the safety and security of Australians".

But that effort appears to have fallen short.

Neither company was named in the statement, but it was made clear to telcos that involving either of the Chinese firms "may risk failure by the carrier to adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorised access or interference".

Huawei, founded in 1988 by former Chinese army officer Ren Zhengfei, and its rival ZTE, have come under increased scrutiny in the US over fears their equipment could be used for spying.

Huawei denied being financed to undertake research and development for the Chinese military, but the committee said it had received internal Huawei documents showing the company provided special network services to an entity alleged to be an elite cyber-warfare unit within the People's Liberation Army.

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