back to article Huawei won a contract in Oz. Of course there's a whispering campaign

Huawei has won another sizeable contract, this time in Australia, and with it come the all-too-common accusations that the company is a national security risk. The contract in question is an LTE-based 1800MHz rail radio network worth AU$136m (£76.4m) for the State of Western Australia's Public Transport Authority (PTA). Huawei …

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but when the trains stop, someone's bound to notice.

Maybe after a couple weeks of no-service, otherwise people will just thank "bah, trains just late again, I'll take the bus/taxi".

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Re: but when the trains stop, someone's bound to notice.

To be fair, this is just the comms network. From what i hear on their services it's mainly used to alert drivers to traffic jams, that Jonno's left his wallet on their bus or other mundane chatter.

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Hmm, this reporter evidently isn't in Blighty, where the trains have been kind-of stopped for months now. Is there an evil government (other than our own) we can blame?

Does Oz have a problem with other Chinese suppliers of IT/comms kit? And on a slightly similar note, are they on the anti-Kaspersky bandwagon?

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Come on People, if Huawei were so inclined there kit routes all the calls in BT's core network, including those in and out of a certain building in westminster beside the thames, so the Western OZ PTA is nothing to worry about

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If one can't compete on price and performance,

one can always appeal to «national security»....

Henri

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"the Australian National University, the ABC reports, has suffered a breach, but it's worked hard to avoid letting the attackers know they've been detected"

If the attackers follow ABC news, they might have figured out they've been detected by now.

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Mixed Messages

The Aus Federal Government is really sending mixed messages here. Huawei bad for NBN & 5G but fine for rail projects. Hmmm don't know what to think. I know I see alot of companies deploying Huawei Enterprise routing & switching gear in Western Australia. So companies seem fine to the "risk".

Then there's another part to this story about how Huawei won the contract. Did free all expenses trips & gifts to government ministers when in opposition help grease the wheels?

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/wa-government-denies-conflict-over-huawei-trip-ng-b88893766z

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Two different governments. Rail is a state responsibility.

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But the state Government ran the ability to use Huawei past the Feds twice. Both times the Feds gave the OK.

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Re: Mixed Messages

And remind me who the feds sold Darwin's port to?

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Re: Mixed Messages

The Feds didn't, that was Adam Giles, Chief Minister of the time. It was a surprise to the electorate as well.

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