Tuesday, 22 September 2020 10:03

Australia 5G ban will cost Huawei more than 1000 jobs locally

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The full effect of Australia's ban on Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei technologies playing a role in the country's 5G networks will mean a loss of more than 1000 jobs in all, iTWire understands.

The company had 1200 employees before the ban in August 2018 and was set to hire more as it was chasing 5G business from all Australia's major carriers.

At the moment, iTWire understands that Huawei has only 200 local employees and even that number is set to decrease in 2021.

Huawei's main business in Australia has been in its Carrier Network division and it had to get rid of staff from this group due to the lack of any 5G work.

Added to that, the 4G contracts the company has are also winding down and this has meant additional loss of personnel.

What remains is a smaller carrier network team, the Enterprise and Consumer teams and administration staff.

In March, a report said the company was set to shed about 500 jobs, including its board and chairman John Lord.

Also in March, the company was forced to abandon a $136 million deal with the Western Australian Government to build and maintain digital radio services that would provide voice and data services across the rail network in Perth.

That deal was to have been completed next year.

At the end of August, Huawei said it was ending its role as a major sponsor for the Canberra Raiders rugby league team after a decade.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came 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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