Huawei has now published an open letter directed at Australia's members of Parliament rejecting claims that there are legitimate security concerns with regard to its networking equipment. The letter follows comments from Australian leadership over the past several months amidst worries about spying or other abusive practices conducted by the Chinese government. It also follows recent concerns that the company could be excluded from taking part in the roll-out of 5G in the country. This is also not the first instance in which the issues have been brought up due to the high-level of control Beijing tends to exert over companies operating out of China. Earlier in the year, the U.S. had warned various countries about doing business with Huawei on infrastructure, citing similar worries. According to Huawei, those concerns are "ill-informed" and without justification.
For starters, the company claims that it operates under local laws in every country where it has a presence. Moreover, the company has been operating in Australia for nearly fifteen years. Huawei says that as an established telecommunications company with more than 700 employees in the region, its equipment is either directly or indirectly responsible for carrying the communications of approximately half of Australians. That's covering both business and individual consumers via networks operated by the country's Vodafone, Optus and TPG networks. Beyond that, the company highlights that it is actually the world's largest infrastructure provider, providing infrastructure on "45 of the top 50" networks internationally. As a result of that infrastructure and industry experience, Huawei continues, locking it out of the 5G market is not in the best interest of Australians.
Of course, being excluded from the 5G market wouldn't necessarily remove Huawei from the country's infrastructure, with consideration for how much infrastructure it already has there. 5G will almost certainly not be a replacement for 4G LTE in most cases. It's more likely to be a faster, more reliable networking technology for devices and technology well beyond mobile with some mobile use sprinkled throughout. However, it would bar the company from what will arguably be the most profitable portion of the market. That's because 5G will be supporting autonomous vehicles, the IoT, and a wealth of products that have yet to be imagined. While Huawei's position in the market does lend it some credibility, it doesn't guarantee the company a desirable response.