Dec 18 2008

Australia: National security concerns over Chinese espionage could derail $15B broadband network

Published by at 4:28 am under Nationalism,Uncategorized

Huawei once again makes the news as Australia ponders allowing them to work in partnership with Optus to build a 15 billion dollar broadband network:

Security agencies will closely examine the bid lodged by Singtel Optus, which is believed to propose the involvement of Chinese telecommunications equipment-maker Huawei Technologies to help build its network. Huawei was the subject of a US congressional investigation on national security grounds this year after legislators expressed concern about its links to the Chinese military and intelligence apparatus. The concerns led Huawei to withdraw from its joint $US2.2billion ($3.3billion) bid to buy a stake in US internet router and networking giant 3Com.

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