Solomon Islands terminated undersea cable contract with Huawei
The Solomon Islands scrapped a deal with Huawei to build an undersea fibre cable from Australia to the country. The Australian government was concerned about the Chinese company being permitted to plug into Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure and offered to cover almost two-thirds of the construction costs if the Solomon Islands dropped the deal with Huawei. This infrastructure was a part of a larger project connecting the Solomon Islands with Papua New Guinea and Australia. Australian concerns over Huawei are not new. The Australian government blocked Huawei’s involvement in the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), and there are also concerns in the nation’s 5G mobile network, reports ABC news.