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Federal Government agencies have told the Western Australian Government that they are not fazed by the fact that Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Telecommunications is very likely to win a $120 million Perth Transport Authority contract.

The contract is for upgrading radio communications on the rail system in the city, according to a report on Perth Now.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti was quoted as saying that she could not comment on the preferred tender as the process was not yet complete.

But she told reporters on Thursday that Federal Government agencies had indicated they were not bothered by the fact that Huawei would get the deal.

"We have been in constant dialogue with the federal government," Saffioti said.

"We're making sure the Federal Government is entirely comfortable with the process.

"We can only take the advice that we're given from those agencies."

Last year, Norman Frisch, the marketing director for Huawei's enterprise business group and transport sector, told  iTWire during a visit to Melbourne that the company now had used GSM-R technology — a wireless mobile trunking system which is widely deployed for mission-critical rail communication — to upgrade 46,000 kms of rail in several countries and equip it for more efficient operation.

On Thursday, there were reports that Huawei was likely to be frozen out of 5G contracts in Australia. The company has said that it has no indication to this effect from the government.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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