In an open letter, Huawei said recently voiced security concerns in Australia over the company are mostly “ill-informed and not based on facts.”
Penned by Huawei Australia chairman John Lord and board members John Brumby and Lance Hockridge, the letter is seen as response to rumors that the Chinese smartphone maker will be banned from an upcoming 5G mobile auction in Australia.
“We are a private company, owned by our employees with no other shareholders,” the letters says, pushing back on claims that the company is controlled by the Chinese government.
It continued, “In each of the 170 countries where we operate, we abide by the national laws and guidelines. To do otherwise would end our business overnight.”
In the letter, Huawei invites Australian officials and security agencies to meet with its research and development teams to give educate them about the company’s technology. It notes that it offered to build an evaluation and testing center in Australia for independent verification of its equipment as part of its 5G initiative.
“We are a private company, owned by our employees with no other shareholders,” Huawei Australia said in an open letter.
Lord and his colleagues underscore that Huawei works with Vodafone, BT in the UK, Telus in Canada, Spark in New Zealand, and Telefonica and Deutsche Telecom across Europe, and that is has hosted informational sessions with security department representatives from the U.K., Canada and New Zealand.
Launched in Australia 15 years ago, Huawei Australia employs more than 700 people and is the nation’s largest provider of wireless technology, according to the company. One in two Australians use the company for their daily communication needs, the letter says.
U.S. wireless networks have largely shut out the Chinese tech giant over reported security concerns, and it is currently under investigation in Washington D.C. over whether it violated trade sanctions against Iran and other countries.
One in two Australians use the company for their daily communication needs, the letter says.
SDespite its troubles in the U.S. and growing concern in Australia, Huawei has become the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, overtaking Ericsson in 2012. It is also the most popular mobile phone provider in China, according to Jiguang, a mobile data research firm.
China aims to be a driving force in the development and deployment of 5G infrastructure and technology. Mobile giant China Unicom has already begun scaling back its 2G network to drive usage of 4G, and, in the near future, 5G.