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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 to Launch P30 Pro Smartphone in India Soon

It is rumoured to sport a 40MP f/1.6 main camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a 20MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera

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Attendees pass by a Huawei booth during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 9, 2019. VOA

Smartphone maker Huawei will launch its upcoming P30 Pro smartphone in India shortly after its global unveiling at an event in Paris.

“The company is dedicated to the India market and it aims to narrow the gap in the timing of global launches of flagship devices with this phone,” an industry source told IANS on Friday.

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Logo of Huawei is seen on the advert in front of the local offices of Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

The Huawei P30 Pro is expected to come with a 10x optical zoom, which would be a first on a smartphone. A major highlight of the device is expected be the quad-camera set-up at the rear.

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It is rumoured to sport a 40MP f/1.6 main camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a 20MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera. (IANS)