AUSTRALIA - Chinese Huawei and ZTE Banned

Arno Froese

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei says the Australian government has banned it from providing 5G technology for the country’s wireless networks.

It said fellow communications firm ZTE had also been banned, both reportedly because of national security concerns.

“This is [an] extremely disappointing result for consumers,” the company said on Twitter. 

Faster data download and upload speeds are promised with 5G, which is the next stage of mobile internet connectivity.

Several countries are preparing for the roll-out of 5G mobile networks, although analysts say few will launch 5G services before 2020.

Mark Newman, from the consultancy ConnectivityX, said: “5G is going to be the next significant wave of mobile infrastructure deployment.

“If existing suppliers are banned, it will be quite a major blow for them.”

Huawei is the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment. It also ranks second in global smartphone sales, behind Samsung and ahead of Apple.

In July, a UK security committee warned that it had “only limited assurance” that Huawei’s telecoms kit posed no threat to national security.

The Australian government said national security regulations that were typically applied to telecoms firms would be extended to equipment suppliers.

Companies that were “likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government” could present a security risk, it said.

The United States has previously banned Huawei from bidding for government contracts because of fears over espionage. ZTE has also had its activity restricted in the US.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Australia should not “use various excuses to artificially erect barriers.”

It called on Australia to “abandon ideological prejudices and provide a fair competitive environment for Chinese companies.”, 23 August 2018

Arno's commentary

The communication industry has become the most important in the world. Without sophisticated communication technology, the economy in any country would virtually cease to function. 

It is of interest that communist China is now the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment; we must add, it’s only the beginning. 

What does it mean prophetically? Whether it’s communists, socialists, or capitalists, they’re all subject to the god of this world. We read in Revelation 17:13: “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” That is what has been happening for thousands of years, but is now climaxing as the world, in reality, is becoming one.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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