Aussies urged not to target telco
The head of the Australian subsidiary of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has urged Australia not to be swayed by report from the US Congress that dubbed the firm a potential security risk.
Huawei Australia Chairman John Lord said that the debate about cyber-security in Australia should not “become distorted the way it has in the US”.
Lord was scathing of the US House Intelligence Committee report earlier this month that said American companies should avoid sourcing network equipment from Huawei and fellow Chinese technology provider ZTE Corp because both companies posed a national security threat.
“The report must be called for what it is: protectionism, not security,” Lord said in a speech.
The report “may make good headline fodder in an election year, but it should really be seen as a missed opportunity” to address cyber threats, he added.
The Australian government barred Huawei late last year on security grounds from working on construction of a $37 billion national broadband network.
He said the decision and the US Congressional report damaged Huawei’s reputation.