“These jobs are highly skilled, technology-based jobs that unfortunately don’t seem to be being picked up by our competitors, again another major impact to the whole industry,” he said.
Huawei was banned from participating in Australia’s 5G infrastructure a year ago and has since aggressively lobbied for the government to change its position, but has failed to have the rules changed.
The telco giant criticised AMTA for choosing “to not publicly highlight the real effects from the government’s 5G decision” as “extremely disappointing” and claimed there would be a 30 per cent increase in cost for the rollout as a result.
“The policy is out of step with the way the rest of the world is going and as leaders in our industry, we would have liked to see more fight for our whole industry and, most importantly, Australian consumers as has happened in Europe and the UK,” Mr Mitchell said.
Australia was the first country to impose an official ban on Huawei, but the US is considered to have an unofficial block on Chinese providers for its critical infrastructure and there has been pressure on allied countries to follow suit.
AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said it regrets that Huawei had chosen to leave the association, but added the lobby group had no involvement with the government’s 5G decision.
“We treat all our members equally and as an industry group it’s impossible for us to immerse ourselves into the specifics of one member or another, we’re all about the industry as a whole,” he said.