Original article by Angus Grigg, Nick McKenzie
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 2 : 30-Oct-18
The federal government’s decision in August to ban "high-risk vendors" from building a 5G mobile network has been backed by Mike Burgess, the director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate. He says Australia’s critical infrastructure such as power and water networks would not have been able to be properly protected if such vendors had been allowed to build the 5G network. Although he did not mention them by name, it is assumed that Burgess was referring to Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. Meanwhile, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute has expressed concern about the level of collaboration between Australian universities and Chinese military scientists.
AUSTRALIAN SIGNALS DIRECTORATE, HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY LIMITED, ZTE CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE LIMITED, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, VODAFONE AUSTRALIA LIMITED, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES