Huawei Australia chairman John Lord has sent an email to the company’s 700 local staff. In it he defends Huawei from the renewed criticism it has received since the Coalition Government said it was upholding Labor’s ban on tendering for NBN work. The letter has been widely leaked.
"You may have seen in the media that the Federal Government has upheld the ban on Huawei participating in the NBN,” said Lord, a former admiral in the Royal Australian Navy. “While we are extremely disappointed with the decision, I want to emphasise that everyone at Huawei should hold their heads up high. You should all be 'proud to be Huawei'.
“While much of this week's commentary has focused on cyber security, I want to make it crystal clear that Huawei has never been presented with any evidence that our company or technology poses any kind of security risk.”
"We have 100% confidence in our company – in our people, our processes, our technology and our cyber security credentials. It has always been Huawei's position that cyber security is a global issue which must be addressed collaboratively by vendors, operators and governments. It is not limited to any single vendor or any single country, and Huawei will continue to lead the discussion on developing a global cyber security framework."
Lord said Huawei has offered to disclose all its source code for verification by security agencies, but that the offer had not been taken up. "That position still stands. We have nothing to hide, and we have complete confidence in the veracity of our equipment.
“The bar is set higher for Huawei and because of that we are willing to go further than any other vendor to prove our security credentials. No other vendor comes close to the complete openness and transparency which Huawei has offered in this area.”
He said one third of the world used Huawei’s products in some way, and that the NBN ban in Australia is the exception, not the rule, and that Huawei is involved in building eight national broadband projects around the world, including Britain's.“These countries have not embraced Huawei cautiously, they have embraced us with open arms.'
''Despite the NBN decision, last year was our most successful year to date and today Huawei's Australian business is bigger than ever.'' Last year its revenues in Australia were $368 million, a 61% increase over the previous year.