India warned by Australian cyber officials against using Huawei

  • Australia warned India against using Huawei
  • A delegation from Australia’s anti-cyberspionage body visited in New Delhi “explained in detail why high-risk vendors have been banned from Australia’s 5G network”
  • Australia became the first country to ban Huawei from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Australian government officials have advised India to ban Chinese technology maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying parts for a rollout of a high-speed telecommunications network, Australian newspapers reported on Sept. 10.

Australia in 2018 became the first country to ban Huawei from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network, citing national security risks, a move the Chinese company criticised as being "politically motivated".
Via Reuters/Straits Times

Officials from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), the country’s anti-cyber spionage body, were asked about an Australian ban on using the Chinese technology giant to build 5G networks when a delegation visited New Delhi last week, The Australian Financial Review and The Australian reported. 

“Indian officials were keen to get an understanding of how the Turnbull government arrived at the decision to ban Huawei, and multiple discussions have been held over the matter.”

According to The Australian, the delegation last week was led by Tobias Feakin, the Austrlaian ambassador for cyber affairs. There it “explained in detail why high-risk vendors have been banned from Australia’s 5G network.”

India has also consulted the United States on its Huawei ban, the newspaper added, although without providing any source. 

In 2018, Australia became the first country to ban Huawei from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network. The country cited national security risks, a move the Chinese company criticized as “being politically motivated.” 

Huawei has been the center of controversy since last year. Under the Ren Zhengfei, it has become one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world and has established itself as a leading smartphone manufacturer. 

Why are countries banning Huawei?
Via Al Jazeera

However, it’s expansion from its Chinese roots into the rest of the world, its close ties to the Chinese authorities, as well as its willingness to export technologies to countries that are under sanction served as red flags among other Western governments. 

Most of the company’s criticisms circulate around Huawei’s intention to provide technology for 5g wireless internet across the world. Several countries have already warned against using Chinese hardware because of security concerns, which stem from the Chinese governments use of Huawei’s products to spy on the world. 

Huawei has continued to deny all allegations that it has any involvement with the Chinese government.

Sources: Straits Times, Reuters, Aljazeera

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