Huawei awarded $136mn contract for 4G telecommunications from WA government

By Galia Ilan

The Chinese telecommunications company, Huawei, has been awarded a AU$136mn (US$101.58mn) contract from the Western Australia government.

The contract will see Huawei provide Perth train services, including the Forrestfield-Airport Link, with 4G communication systems, such as voice and data services.

“The Radio Systems Replacement project will deliver a total end-to-end digital radio solution across the PTA’s 180km electrified rail network and the new Forrestfield Airport Link twin tunnels,” Huawei stated.

The recent agreement has raised concerns about the nation’s security, following recent controversy surrounding the firm.

“There are serious strategic issues related to this contract,” remarked Mike Nahan, Western Australia’s Opposition Leader, reported ABC.


Nahan noted that the largest concern was that the communications projects would be integrated with emergency services data.

The will cause “serious strategic issue with Huawei’s ownership and operation of that facility,” he added.

Recently, the Australian government announced that it was considering introducing a ban on the company’s 5G equipment due to security concerns.

However, Rita Saffioti, the Transport Minister for Western Australia, claimed the the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has numerously checked with the Federal Governmet for security risks.

The deal notes “a validation of the company’s status and reputation as the global cellular wireless leader” said John Lord, Chairman for Huawei Australia.

“We are modernising the Australian transportation sector,” Lord added.


Featured Articles

Top 10 fastest-growing companies across the Asia-Pacific

From Singapore to South Korea, Hong Kong to India, and spanning fintech, food and energy – these 10 businesses are seeing their revenues rise, and fast

Top 10 best-performing Australian companies: mines to banks

Among Australia’s largest companies by market cap are the country’s Big Four banks, a tech startup that successfully scaled, and two firms with female CEOs

Top 10 richest Southeast Asia: how they made their fortunes

From Singapore’s paint tycoon to Malaysia’s sugar king, we round up the 10 richest people in Southeast Asia – and investigate how they made their billions

Will moonlighting ever become accepted practice in India?

Human Capital

New YouTube CEO Neal Mohan joins surge of Indian-origin CEOs

Leadership & Strategy

Ex Infosys President Ravi Kumar is the CEO Cognizant needs

Leadership & Strategy