Australia bans China's Huawei from mobile network project, angers Beijing

Australia bans China's Huawei from mobile network project, angers Beijing

Australia bans China's Huawei from mobile network project, angers Beijing

Australia has blocked Huawei and ZTE from providing equipment for its 5G network, which is set to launch commercially next year.

China's Foreign Ministry has expressed its grave concerns over Australia's decision to ban 2 Chinese firms from supplying technology to its planned 5G mobile network.

According to the same tweet, ZTE, another Chinese technology company, was also banned.

Australia's move worsens Huawei's regulatory woes across the world, with the company and ZTE having been recently blocked from supplying technology to the us government. The fear is not without its basis.

China's Huawei Technologies Co., which has come under fire in Australia and the US for links to the Chinese government.

Huawei, already a supplier of 4G network in Australia, also pointed out that there was no fundamental difference between 4G and 5G architecture and that the latter provides stronger guarantees around privacy and security.

Speaking to the FT, Hanson said the importance of developing ultra-fast 5G networks could mean "other western countries are likely to review their own rules" over companies working with foreign governments.

China hopes Australia will uphold the principles of fairness and openness to create a sound business environment for Chinese companies, according to the spokesperson.

5G is the next generation of mobile internet and it's expected to open the doors to faster data transfer speeds and more connected devices than ever before.

The decision is based on the Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms (TSSR), which come into effect on 18 September, and include a security obligation requiring vendors to protect their networks against threats to national security.

USA lawmakers have previously tried to ban government agencies from purchasing Huawei and ZTE products, and have asked Google LLC to stop working with Huawei.

Huawei's Australian arm, which strenuously denies it is controlled by Beijing, said on Twitter on Thursday that the action was an "extremely disappointing result for consumers".

Huawei estimates that the ban will elevate the cost of building 5G network by billions of dollars for the network operators, while insiders say that it increase the cost by as much as 50 percent.

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