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Australia Bans Chinese Tech Huawei From Selling 5G Tech Over Security Concerns

Huawei has repeatedly rejected the security concerns, insisting that it is "a private company, owned by our employees with no other shareholders"

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Chinese tech company Huawei said on Thursday that the Australian government has blocked it from providing 5G technology for the country’s wireless networks.

Huawei, one of the world’s biggest makers of smartphones and telecommunications equipment, said that the government had informed it of the decision, reports CNN.

“This is an extremely disappointing result for consumers. Huawei is a world leader in 5G,” the Chinese company said on Twitter.

The announcement follows reports that the Australian national security agencies were concerned about alleged ties between Huawei and the Chinese government.

The Australian government said in a statement on Thursday that the involvement of telecom equipment suppliers “who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law” could mean the country’s wireless carriers are unable “to adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorised access or interference”.

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Huawei, one of the world’s biggest makers of smartphones and telecommunications equipment, said that the government had informed it of the decision, reports CNN. (IANS)

The statement however, did not mention China or Huawei by name.

Huawei has repeatedly rejected the security concerns, insisting that it is “a private company, owned by our employees with no other shareholders”.

Australia’s relationship with China has come under considerable strain in the past 18 months as Canberra’s focus on Beijing’s influence in domestic affairs has increased, the Guardian reported.

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In March 2017, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop gave a speech in Singapore in which she warned China that “democracy and democratic institutions are essential for nations if they are to reach their economic potential”.

That December, Australia introduced its foreign interference and espionage bills to parliament, both of which were explicitly tied to fears of Chinese influence. (IANS)

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Huawei Plans to Bring Custom-Made OS For its Smartphones Soon

Under the terms of the previous US trade ban, Google was barred from selling Android license to Huawei

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The upcoming smartphone if Huawei named 'P40' may also run "HarmonyOS" instead of Android, revealed Richard Yu, Head of Huawei's consumer business. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese conglomerate Huawei’s President Wang Chenglu has revealed that Huawei is all set to bring its custom-made operating system ‘HarmonyOS’ to its smartphones range in 2020.

According to him, “HarmonyOS” that will be available globally will not replace Android as Huawei still treats Android as preferred OS by choice but things will start moving on this front next year, media rpeorts daid on Monday.

“If we’re still not allowed [by the US government] to access Google’s Android service, we will consider using our own HarmonyOS. In fact, our OS is ready, but we will not use it in the first place as we’re still considering a relevant decision and cooperation,” Chenglu was quoted as saying.

Under the terms of the previous US trade ban, Google was barred from selling Android license to Huawei, meaning its phones could use the base open-source code, but would not have access to the all-important Play Store and Google apps.

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Chinese conglomerate Huawei’s President Wang Chenglu has revealed that Huawei is all set to bring its custom-made operating system ‘HarmonyOS’ to its smartphones range in 2020. Pixabay

A temporary licence was issued which allows Google to support and update the Android OS currently running on existing Huawei devices. However, the trade ban has affected the development of future products.

The company has already launched “HarmonyOS” with Honor Vision TV series.

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The company’s upcoming smartphone ‘P40’ may also run “HarmonyOS” instead of Android, revealed Richard Yu, Head of Huawei’s consumer business. (IANS)