[LINK] Huawei [Was Re: Connecting Communities With Broadband

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Thu Feb 3 15:38:25 AEDT 2011

At 15:22 +1100 3/2/11, Tom Worthington wrote:
>Available are the Executive Summary,
>The full "Williams Report" and Release from Huawei:

>  ... The report was sponsored by Huawei ...
>Unfortunately Huawei have chosen to reserve all rights to the "Williams
>Report" with a copyright notice, making it difficult for Australia to
>make use of the lessons in the report. ...

That's far from the only reason to be very dubious about Huawei.

Huawei is a Chinese company that supplies backbone routers to the 
Chinese government, which have censorship (and probably a 
kill-switch) designed-in.

No government or company should even *dream* of considering Huawei as 
a possible provider of elements of the Australian NBN infrastructure.

This isn't just a matter of abstract principle.

If Huawei can get its products even considered in 'free nations', 
then its competitors (Cisco, Juniper, ... ?) would see no advantage 
in keeping censorship-friendly features out of their mainstream 

The Net Effect
As China's internet gets a much needed make-over, will the new 
network promote freedom or curtail it?
IEEE Spectrum
JUNE 2005

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