Like many other OEM’s Huawei has a division for handsets and devices and a second division for networking infrastructure. Last year both Huawei and ZTE came under fire by the US government which was fearful because of the Chinese companies ties to the Chinese military.
Australia is currently building out a giant national broadband network and for reasons similar to the concerns of the U.S. government, they have informed Huawei that they should not participate in the bidding process.
More after the break
Australian publication the delimiter, reported this morning that:
“the deputy secretary of Federal Attorney General Nicola Roxon’s department, Tony Sheehan, had informed Huawei Australia chairman and retired Rear Admiral John Lord, late in 2011 that Huawei should not bother tendering for any NBN contracts because of the possibility of Chinese cyber attacks through Huawei’s networking hardware. NBN Co is not known to have signed any contracts with Huawei.”
The National Broadband Network Company (NBN) would not comment to the delimiter however they were able to procure a statement from the office of the attorney general:
“The National Broadband Network (NBN) is the largest nation-building project in Australian history, and it will become the backbone of Australia’s information infrastructure. As such, and as a strategic and significant Government investment, we have a responsibility to do our utmost to protect its integrity and that of the information carried on it. This is consistent with the government’s practice for ensuring the security and resilience of Australia’s critical infrastructure more broadly.”
It’s important to note that Huawei has steadfastly denied any undue influence on their commercial operations. There’s also been no proof of possible back-door attacks by Huawei.
It’s also important to note that the other side of Huawei, the device side, is having a lot of success in Australia and the decisions regarding the NBN don’t affect that part of Huawei’s business.