Dubai, UAE, August 25, 2018: The Australian acting minister for home affairs and the minister of communications issued a press release (article attached) on august 23 which says : ' The government considers that the involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law may risk failure by the carrier to adequately protect a 5g network from unauthorized access or interference' Australia and other media immediately reported on this matter and interpreted that Huawei was banned from participating from 5g project
- The Australian government's decision to block Huawei from Australia's 5G market is politically motivated, not the result of a fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process. It is not aligned with the long-term interests of the Australian people and denies Australian businesses and consumers the right to choose from the best communications technology available. A non-competitive market will raise the cost of network construction and have lasting effects on Australia's transition to a digital economy. In the end, everyday businesses and consumers are the ones who will suffer the most from the government's actions.
- Huawei is worldwide leader in 5G: Huawei was the first company to unveil a full range of end-to-end (E2E) 3GPP-compliant 5G product solutions covering the core network, the bearer network, base station, and terminals, as well as the first 5G chipset, earlier this year.Huawei was also the only company to make a commitment on launching 5G device in mid-2019.5G will unlock huge economic growth: enabling key technologies like VR/AR, Smart manufacturing, Smart Cities, connected cars, and more.Huawei is the best option and partner of choice to support national carriers to build 5G network: through its world-class solutions, pioneering R&D into 5G use cases, and its efforts to build a strong digital ecosystem to accelerate the arrival of 5G.Huawei is the best option and partner of choice to support the governments of the region in their digital transformation to achieve the goals outlined in their national visions and agendas.
- Huawei is one of the core developers behind 5G. The Australian government recognizes the massive benefits that 5G technology will bring to Australia's economy, and yet it has restricted the use of Huawei's technology. Innovation works because innovators are rewarded for their work, but the government has effectively denied Huawei a right to compete for a return on our investment.
- Interpreting Chinese law should be left to qualified and impartial legal experts. Huawei has presented the Australian government with an independent, third-party expert analysis of the Chinese laws in question: Chinese law does not grant government the authority to compel telecommunications firms to install backdoors or listening devices or engage in any behavior that might compromise the telecommunications equipment of other nations. A mistaken and narrow understanding of Chinese law should not serve as the basis for concerns about Huawei's business. Huawei has never been asked to engage in intelligence work on behalf of any government.
- There is no fundamental difference between 5G and 4G network architecture; the core networks and access networks are still separated. Moreover, 5G has stronger guarantees around privacy and security protection than 3G and 4G. We urge the government to take an objective and fact-based approach to security issues, and work together on effective long-term solutions. Open dialogue, joint innovation, and close collaboration are essential to the ongoing development of the telecommunications industry.
- For any country, fair and robust market competition is essential to strong economic growth. The Australian government's actions undermine the principles of competition and non-discrimination in fair trade. The government has not issued any specific concerns about Huawei's governance, security, or suitability to safely and securely conduct business in Australia, so we've been given nothing to respond to. We will continue to engage with the Australian government, and in accordance with Australian law and relevant international conventions, we will take all possible measures to protect our legal rights and interests.