Chinese vendor Huawei has been told not to submit tenders for the Australian National Broadband Network. The decision is assumed to be made on national security grounds, on the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
“the whole concept of Huawei being involved in cyber-warfare is based on the company being Chinese”
— Alexander Downer, Chairman of Huawei Australia,
and former Australian Foreign Minister
Huawei had hoped to reverse earlier opposition to its involvement through the use of a “cyber security evaluation centre”, which it has set up in Britain to address concerns by British security services about the extensive use of its equipment by UK network operators.
The evaluation centre is staffed by Huawei employees but all are British citizens with security clearances.