Huawei and ZTE handed 5G network ban in Australia

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People walk past a Huawei sign at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Asia 2018 in Shanghai, China June 14, 2018.

The pair expressed concerns that Huawei, which is also facing scrutiny in the United States over alleged links to Beijing, would pose threat to Australia's national security as it would be subject to the Chinese government influence.

The Chinese company's announcement came on the day that the Australian government put out a press release detailing its efforts in improving the security of its upcoming and soon-to-be-built 5G communications network. Pressure to push the companies out of the U.S. has only mounted in recent months and now, other countries are following suit.

Huawei Australia on Thursday continued to highlight its credentials, saying it has "safely and securely delivered wireless technology" in the country for nearly 15 years.

A new report by Reuters reveals that the Australian government has banned Huawei and ZTE from supplying local carriers with 5G network equipment.

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The private Chinese company started by a former People's Liberation Army major in 1987 suffered a setback in the USA market in 2012 when a congressional report said it was a security risk and warned phone companies not to buy its equipment. Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Huawei said on Twitter Wednesday night that Australia had banned the company from providing 5G technology.

According to a statement issued by the office of Senator Mitch Fifield and acting Minister for Home Affairs Scott Morrison, the government has undertaken an extensive review of the national security risks to 5G networks.

Firms "who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government" would leave the nation's network vulnerable to unauthorized access or interference, and presented a security risk, the statement said.

Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecommunications network gear and the No. 3 smartphone supplier, had promised that Canberra would have complete oversight of 5G network equipment, which could include base stations, towers and radio transmission equipment.

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