Former Independent senator Nick Xenophon has accused both Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson and local telco Telstra of "engaging in Olympic class word games" to avoid an inconvenient truth: their 5G equipment is being manufactured in China with a joint-venture partner cited by the US as being under the thumb of the People's Liberation Army.
The name of Australia's number one telco, Telstra Corporation, has suddenly gone missing from the list of sponsors of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
Former Independent senator Nick Xenophon has put the cat among the pigeons, pointing out that while Chinese vendor Huawei has been banned from supplying gear to the 5G networks, Telstra, which gets its 5G gear from a joint-venture arrangement between Ericsson and Panda Electronics, faces no such strictures.
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