Australia recently banned Chinese company Huawei on its national broadband project, the reason it gave was that this company was originally from an Army company in China, and recently there are some cyber-attacks to the prime minister’s computer from China, so Huawei must be linked with these attacks and it should be banned from this project. I think there are some flaws in this causation, and I want to talk about it.
Firstly the assumption Australia government makes is that since there are some cyber-attacks from China, everything from China is linked with cyber-attack, no matter it is a hacker criminal or a company. Huawei is involved with Australia telecome market for quite a long time, the first mobile broadband modem I got from Three mobile here is made in Huawei, and this gadget is quite popular here. Following the same assumption under Australia government, the first thing it needs to do is to suspend all its current Huawei’s mobile broadband USB in the market or get all Chinese students out of this country, not simply just ban Huawei for a future bid.
The second assumption Australian government makes is that because this company was originally from an army company, no matter how it changed in the past, it must be still linked to the another country’s government and therefore it cannot be trusted. Facing to this, Huawei lists that fact that it is a private company, it is now the second biggest telecommunication company and involved with many country’s national broadband project including UK, Singapore and Malaysia. However this does not change Australia government’s decision. On the other hand, it granted SingTel, a Singapore state-owned company, the permission to merge with its second telecom company – Optus several years ago. For me the dual standards Australian government has looks quite controversial, meanshile it isolates itself not only from China but also the other countries that Huawei serves.
Basically the assumption of Australian government has many flaws, however no one can change this decision especially when it becomes political, and I just feel it is a pity for Huawei.