Ovum, the global telecoms consultant believes that Mr. Turnball and his team were guided by incorrect technical information when they made their decision to ban Huawei from the Australian 5G network rollout. On August the 23rd, 2018, Mr Turnball, the Prime Minister at the time, announced that Chinese tech giant Huawei would not be allowed to enter the race to deliver 5G in Australia. This decision came literally moments before Turnball was replaced by the now current PM, Scott Morrison.
Was Mr. Turnball Delivered Incorrect Advice?
The potentially incorrect technical advice relates to Turnball’s impression that the Core and Radio Access Network (RAN) were unable to be separated in 5G network rollouts.
The Core network and RAN are responsible for two different functions. The Core network is responsible for encrypting the data and authenticating users and traffic. Once the Core has encrypted the data, the RAN is then responsible for transmitting the data packets into the devices of Australians.
Malcom Turnball’s impression that the two could not be separated was dispelled in the Ovum: The Facts on 5G report. Below are some excerpts from David Kennedy, Ovum Practice Leader, Asia Pacific.
“The Core/RAN distinction is maintained in 5G. The basic security architecture of mobile communications, including Core/RAN separation, does not change in 5G.
“One powerful reason why Core/RAN separation has been maintained in 5G standards is to allow operators to integrate RAN from one vendor with core from another vendor.
“Globally, 26 commercial 5G network had been launched as of July 2019. Of those 26, a significant majority (17) were using Huawei RAN equipment, though not necessarily exclusively.
What Does This Mean For Huawei?
Huawei is currently the largest supplier of 4G in Australia, with a massive market share of over 50%. With the introduction of the 5G ban, this will no doubt shake the market up, with other telecommunications players looking to take advantage of Huawei’s absence. With 5G networks promising to deliver some exceptional speeds, both up and down, Australian’s will no doubt flock to it. This means a lot of money is on the table for other providers, and a lot of losses for Huawei in Australia, which was once a strong hold for them.
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