Huawei Ban Row Escalates
6:45 AM -- The decision by the Australian government to bar Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. from providing network systems for the A$36 billion (US$37.6 billion) national next-generation broadband network (NBN) because of security concerns has resulted in a war of words between Australia and China over protectionism. (See Huawei Barred From NBN and Australia's (Safe) Bet Against Huawei.)
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed that Huawei will not be allowed to participate in the NBN for (unspecified) security reasons that are in the "national interest," and, reports Reuters, went on to highlight China's rules on overseas investments in communications networks.
See the Reuters story for the details on who said what about the various decisions and prevailing attitudes, but it certainly looks like Huawei has become the pawn in what could escalate into a damaging trade spat between Australia and China.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading