Huawei has denied that a lengthy government decision-making process on whether to allow it to take part in 5G will not put it behind its competitors when it comes to Australia’s new network deployments. “We’re in exactly the same position as any of the other players, whether you’re talking about Nokia or Ericsson, Alcatel or Cisco, any other players who participate in the 5G platform, and so we’ll all start at the same time,” Huawei Australia board member John Brumby told ZDNet on Wednesday. “There’s always a lot of expectation and hype about 5G, but it will evolve over time … the evolution is going to take some time, so there’s no urgency with this.” Brumby told ZDNet that the government works at its own pace, but that Huawei expects a decision in the “not too distant future”, adding that the company is “happy with the government process” thus far. “We are obviously working closely with government agencies and government departments, and I think it’s true to say that some of the carriers and some of our partners would also be expressing their views to government about the benefits that 5G can bring to Australia — the productivity benefits and the economic benefits — and the significant advantage and benefits that Huawei’s participation would bring,” Brumby said on the sidelines of the Huawei Australia and New Zealand Partners Convention 2018 in Sydney. “At the end of the day, that’ll be a decision for government, and there are always competing interests… [Read full story]
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