Optus’ bid for the National Broadband Network bid has left security agencies closely examining the bid, after it is believed that it will involve Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies to build the $15 billion project. While Optus has confirmed that it has been working with them in tests, it is still unknown if they will help in the final bid.
Huawei’s work has been a magnet for concerns of Chinese cyber-espionage, especially after the fact that the firm was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former officer in the People’s Liberation Army, leaving many to question whether its just getting orders from the government to infiltrate the security intelligence networks in foreign governments.
The claim made by The Australian on Thursday, has been described by “ludicrous and inaccurate” by Huawei, talking to CNET News. “Huawei is privately held and 100 percent owned by its employees, administered through an employee share ownership plan," the company said in a statement. “No other organisation, including the government, army or business hold stakes in Huawei.”