back to article Huawei coming in from the cold in Oz?

A couple of years into its charm offensive, a change of government seems to be thawing the chill that left Chinese vendor Huawei out in the cold in Australia. Huawei had been excluded from bidding for projects like Australia's National Broadband Network on national security grounds. Although there was little official …


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  1. Charles Manning

    After all the sabre rattling....

    When the xenophobic anti-Chinese position was politically astute it made sense to do anti-Huawei posturing. No doubt the recent NSA controversies have made people more concerned about products supplied by USA and the anti-Huawei position sounds less reasonable.

    Also, at the end of the day, Huawei likely have better prices and it becomes harder to justify the difference.

    1. Yes Me Silver badge

      Re: After all the sabre rattling....

      Strangely enough, the revelation that routers from the main US vendors have been subverted makes the paranoia about Huawei more understandable: people who knew what was going on with Cisco and Juniper boxes (but weren't allowed to talk about it) would have good reason to suspect Huawei boxes, but couldn't say why, so they used rumour and innuendo.

      You're right though - the Snowden revelations have levelled the playing field, and about time too.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @yes me

    Yeah but we much preferred the backdoors from the US vendors... They are our friends after all...

  3. Big-nosed Pengie

    Obviously we're finally realising that Chinese back doors are no worse, and probably a lot better, than American back doors.

  4. Julian Garrett

    They "are riddled with security vulnerabilities already"

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Former FM Downer paid big bucks as Huawei shill

    All those shiny trinkets Huawei offered to Alexander Downer are finally paying off, Downer has the ear of new Liberal govt who would do anything to help an old pal like Downer.

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