Former Senator Stephen Conroy plain wrong on Huawei

Tony Brown, Head of Corporate Media at Huawei Australia Tony Brown, Head of Corporate Media at Huawei Australia

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With the US-China trade war in full swing Huawei is unfortunately caught right in the middle and we are currently the most talked about technology company on the planet with hundreds of media stories appearing every day globally.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on Huawei – we have no problem with that – but if they are commenting on Huawei we respectfully request that they stick to the facts.

Commenting last night on the Bolt Report on Sky News former Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, made comments that were flat out wrong.

Former Senator Conroy told viewers that China would “never let a western country build China’s telecommunications infrastructure,” adding therefore Australia “shouldn’t be allowing them near ours”.

This is simply factually and demonstrably incorrect.

Both Nokia of Finland and Ericsson of Sweden have been building telecoms infrastructure in China for decades.

Both companies have recently announced deals to deliver 5G networks to all three Chinese operators, China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile network operator, China Telecom and China Unicom.

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2018/11/07/nokia-signs-frame-agreements-worth-more-than-eur-2-billion-with-three-chinese-operators/

https://www.ericsson.com/en/press-releases/2016/3/ericsson-and-china-mobile-extend-5g-cooperation

https://www.ericsson.com/en/news/2019/4/china-telecom-and-ericsson-sign-5g-mou2

Indeed, Ericsson’s 5G business in China is booming to such an extent that they are currently recruiting more staff to help them build 5G networks for Chinese operators.

https://www.ericsson.com/en/careers/global-locations/MNEA/we-are-hiring-for-5g-in-china

In terms of former Senator Conroy’s comments on allowing Huawei to build Australian telecoms infrastructure we note that Huawei won contracts to deliver 3G and 4G networks for both Optus and Vodafone serving more than half the Australian population during his tenure as Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

We have since built out those networks safely and securely without any significant Cyber-Security incidents – something recently confirmed publicly by Vodafone Australia Chief Strategy Officer Dan Lloyd.

We acknowledge that there is an ongoing debate around Huawei but again we politely request that those who wish to take part in the debate stick to the facts.

Tony Brown is Head of Corporate Media at Huawei Australia.

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