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szdaily -> World Economy -> 
Huawei ban blamed as network axed
    2019-01-31  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

AUSTRALIA’S TPG Telecom Ltd. said Tuesday it has abandoned building its mobile telephone network because it relied on Huawei Technologies Co. equipment that has been banned by Australia’s government on security grounds.

The nascent network is the first commercial casualty in Australia of the ban announced in August and comes as Western nations restrict market access to Huawei over allegations that China could use its equipment for espionage. Huawei denies the allegations.

Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world’s biggest telecom equipment maker, has been under siege since the arrest of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada in December.

Broadband Internet provider TPG said in a statement it chose Huawei as a supplier because it offered a simple upgrade path from the fourth-generation (4G) network under construction to 5G. “That upgrade path has now been blocked,” TPG said. “It does not make commercial sense to invest further shareholder funds.”

TPG said it made the decision now because the project had reached a point where it would have had to place new orders. It did not elaborate on the fate of the completed part of the network but said it does not expect any impact on 2019 earnings guidance.

Huawei said TPG’s announcement was “extremely disappointing.” “Australians will now miss out on cheaper and more affordable mobile services,” Jeremy Mitchell, a spokesman for Huawei, said in a statement.

TPG’s move adds to pressure Huawei is facing globally after the United States and its allies initiated measures to restrict market access for the Chinese firm and compatriot ZTE Corp.

Operators in Europe, such as BT and Orange, have already removed Huawei’s equipment or taken steps to limit its future use.

In Australia, Vodafone and Optus, which use Huawei’s 4G equipment, must now design 5G systems based only on Nokia Oyj or Ericsson technology, a process TPG executive chairman David Teoh said would likely be costly.

“In the 5G side, they’re in front of everyone else,” Teoh said of Huawei in an interview at TPG’s Sydney headquarters. “To replace [them] there are few vendors to select.” (SD-Agencies)

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