Huawei and ZTE, Chinese companies, were banned from selling 5G equipment to Australia. The authorities in Australia have raise national security concerns, according to CNBC. Australia’s government didn’t name the two firms, but said that companies “with extrajudicial directions from a foreign government” may not be able to protect a mobile network.
Huawei Australia made a statement on Twitter saying that Australian government made the decision despite the fact that the Chinese companies has “safely and securely” delivering wireless technology in the country for almost 15 years.
Australia’s Department of Communications and Arts, which overseas telecom regulations, made a statement regarding security guidance for Australian mobile carriers in which they say that vendors likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government may risk failure to protect a 5G network from unauthorized access or interference.
5G next generation in mobile internet technology is supposed to be the backbone of future cities and driverless cars and many countries are laying groundwork to roll out this technology in the next years. China and USA are battling out to become the leader in this technology.
In USA, Huawei and ZTE are already restricted from selling telecom equipment due to national security concerns.