“Australia will be impacted heavily. So can we keep quiet? Can we allow the truth to be ignored and allow the lies about our company and our people to continue? No, we cannot,” he said.
“We have to let more and more quiet Australians know … that because of the 5G ban policy, the competition between vendors, between operators is very limited, so the investment is reduced, and more and more jobs will be lost.”
Huawei spends $450 million a year with contractor companies in Australia to build new mobile networks. This figure declined 30 per cent in 2019, with a further drop of 80 per cent expected next year. Mr Morrison, as Treasurer, ordered the ban on Huawei in 2018, citing national security.
“2020 will be a hard year for Huawei Australia, we also know that this means it will be hard for you as well. But tonight I want to give you a very clear and loud message we will never give up,” he will tell suppliers.
“As [Mr Morrison] said: ‘I have always believed in miracles’ – so do we,” he said.
Huawei director of corporate and public affairs Jeremy Mitchell said in a statement that the businesses contracted by suppliers and sub-contractors in Australia are largely small to medium in size with the majority of their annual revenues coming from the Chinese giant.
“Once you factor in the sub-contractors that are employed by our principal suppliers we are currently responsible for around 1500 jobs in the local telecom construction industry – but the cold reality is that unless the 5G ban on Huawei is reversed those jobs will be lost over the next 18 months,” Mr Mitchell said.
The potential job losses are in addition to the 400 jobs that Huawei is expecting to cut from its local workforce in an effort to shrink the business by about half due to the ban.
Mr Mitchell added that job losses in the telco industry would be exacerbated by the end of the National Broadband Network roll out next year.
The Wall Street Journal reported Huawei has ramped up its fight back strategy in the US by launching legal action against a Federal Communications Commission decision to ban rural carriers from using a government fund to buy the Chinese giant’s equipment.