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Huawei in push to ease concerns over national security

Matthew Hall (via SMH) | Aug. 13, 2013
The Chinese technology giant has hinted at plans to decentralise and is aggressively pursuing a public relations strategy to overcome resistance to its suitability for government contracts.

Last week the company sought to gain kudos with the Australian ICT industry, by holding global procurement workshops and inviting them to join ''its multi-billion dollar supply chain''. Workshops in Sydney and Melbourne were backed by the NSW Trade & Investment, Victorian Government Department of State Development, Business and Innovation and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).

"Huawei wants to open its doors to Australia's ICT industry and find opportunities for local technology to join Huawei's global supply chain," chief technology officer Peter Rossi said in announcing the event. 

"Today, 70 per cent of Huawei's components come from suppliers outside of China - 32 per cent from the USA, 32 per cent from Taiwan and Europe - and we're looking for win-win partnerships with Australian ICT companies."

After the workshops, Mr Rossi announced the company hoped to increase spend with Australian suppliers by 10 per cent next year, from $US136 million in 2012. It currently deals with 214 Australian suppliers.


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