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Aussie telco's 5G mobile network becomes casualty of ban on Huawei

January 29, 2019 / The Straits Times

Australia's TPG Telecom said yesterday that it has abandoned building its mobile telephone network because it relied on Huawei Technologies equipment that has been banned by Australia's government on security grounds. The nascent network is the first commercial casualty in Australia of the ban announced last August, and comes as Western countries restrict market access to Huawei over allegations that China could use its equipment for espionage. Huawei denies the allegations. The world's biggest telecoms equipment maker has been under siege since the arrest of its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada last month. The US Justice Department on Monday accused Huawei of bank fraud and conspiring to steal trade secrets from wireless network operator T-Mobile US.