Chinese telecom giant Huawei has called on Australia to hold talks on developing the next generation of telecom networks, a senior official from the firm told the Sydney Morning Herald reported this week.
“The conversation we now want to have with the Australian government is what do we do when 6G or 7G comes, because like it or not Huawei or another Chinese company will be the leader in this area. We would like to work with the government to ensure Australia has access to the best technology, but do so in a way which gives security agencies confidence in terms of risk mitigation", he said in a statement
He added 6G technology was "just at the very beginning of research" and was important to "get in now to understand" where the technology is going.
The news comes after Canberra excluded "high-risk vendors" such as the Shenzhen-based firm from building national networks, citing concerns they could be targeted by foreign governments against Australian laws, the report read.
Australia is a member of the "Five Eyes" cybersecurity alliance along with New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and United States. The UK reversed its decision to allow Huawei to build its networks in July, citing risks to supply chains.
“Ericsson in Australia is at a near monopoly status ... I think it would be welcome if Ericsson in Australia, as well as Nokia, adopted the same approach as their European headquarters. In Europe they’ve always had an open and competitive environment when it comes to the vendor space. Look at the way they've done research co-operation – it’s a different mindset on how the interaction goes in the vendor space compared to Australia," Mitchell concluded.
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Network generation upgrades were required every five to eight years to improve standards, Wang added.
But the Next G Alliance, an group of rival tech companies, called on telecoms to develop 6G networks without firms such as Huawei. The coalition is joined by Apple, Google and LG, and backed by Ericsson and Nokia, among others.
Similar efforts have been made by the US OpenRAN Coalition, which has called on global telcos to adopt the open-source infrastructure technology over vendor-specific network equipment.
Washington also announced it would join the Canada-led Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence as well as a separate pact on artificial intelligence with Downing Street, who hosts the D10 security alliance.