Huawei just can't catch a break -- first the US blocks it from being a part of its first responder wireless network
, and now, Australia is following suit. According to the Australian Financial Review
, the Shenzhen-based outfit has been barred from tendering contracts for the country's A$43 billion National Broadband Network
on the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization. Alexander Downer, of Huawei's Australian board directors, called the situation "ridiculous," postulating that "the whole concept of Huawei being involved in cyber-warfare is based on the company being Chinese." This isn't the first time Huawei has had to combat suspicions of espionage, last year the outfit assured the US government
that a "thorough investigation will prove that Huawei is a normal commercial institution and nothing more." Cheer up, Huawei, the smartphone market
still loves you.