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Huawei Australia CEO reaffirms commitment to Australia despite 5G ban Featured

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Huawei Australia CEO, Hudson Liu Huawei Australia CEO, Hudson Liu

The boss of the Australian subsidiary of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei issued a statement reaffirming the company’s intention to keeping its operations going in the country regardless of Federal Government policy banning its participation in the 5G rollout.

At an event in Sydney celebrating Huawei Australia’s 15th anniversary in the country, local chief executive officer Hudson Liu told staff that the company would “never give up” on the Australian market.

In addition to Liu, the event was attended by Huawei Australia Chairman John Lord AM as well as around 400 Sydney-based staff. The company has more than 700 staff in Australia.

Senior representatives from the Canberra Raiders, sponsored by Huawei, and the Clontarf Foundation, which supports indigenous Australians, were also present at the event and told Huawei staff how the company’s support had helped their organisations during our lengthy period of support.

Huawei Australia entered the Australian market in 2004 and and now generates annual revenues of nearly A$750 million across its network, consumer and enterprise business divisions.

The company’s CEO emphasised to his audience that the local company’s exclusion from the 5G market would not deter it from continuing to operate in Australia.

“We accept that the Australian Government policy on 5G may not change in the short term but we will never give up on the Australian market, we are committed to this country in both the good times and bad times,” said Huawei Australia CEO Liu.

“Our network business will continue to bring in solid income as we continue to deliver 4G for our existing customers and our consumer and enterprise businesses are still growing.

“No matter what is going on around us we will keep our faith in our technology and we will be patient for our opportunity to arise.

“Most importantly, Australia may not be the first country to deploy Huawei’s 5G technology as we had hoped it would be before the 5G ban was imposed.

“Hopefully, in the future the situation will change and we will be able to deliver our market leading 5G technology here and finally give Australians access to the best 5G in the world.

“Huawei has already established itself as the clear 5G leader in the global market with 50 5G contracts signed – over half of them in Europe - and commercial services already launched in the UK, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea and the Philippines and others.”

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