Friday, 11 September 2020 07:54

Huawei Australia official urges Turnbull to stop embarrassing himself over 5G

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. Courtesy YouTube

Huawei Australia's chief corporate affairs officer Jeremy Mitchell has taken another swing at former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, after the latter claimed during an interview on ABC's Radio National that the operational core and radio access parts of the network in 5G could not be split.

Mitchell, who took a swipe at Turnbull on 4 August when the ex-PM claimed he was the first to raise the subject of banning Huawei from bidding to be a supplier for Australia's 5G networks, said in a blog post that Turnbull needed to "stop quoting [US President] Donald Trump and [US Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo’s talking points on Huawei".

The Huawei official did not mention the fact that myth about the lack of separation between the operational core and radio access parts of the network in 5G was begun by former ASD chief Mike Burgess in October 2018, a claim that has been debunked by iTWire.

In his post, Mitchell said Turnbull's claims about the core and RAN in 5G "is becoming embarrassing because everyone knows this is just technically incorrect".

"Huawei is not delivering our core network technology in Europe and yet we are still successfully delivering our 5G radio access technology in the UK, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and many others – so, clearly the core and radio can and ARE being split in 5G," Mitchell explained.

He cited statements from Dr Ian Levy, head of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, and from global telecommunications consultancy OMDIA which backed up his assertion.

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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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