U.S. working on counter offer to Huawei network

The United States are working on a counter-offer to stop Chinese telco giant Huawei Technologies from building a domestic Internet network in PNG.

ABC reports that the top US diplomat to Australia says they are working on a counter offer following the announcement by the PNG Government to engage Huawei to build the domestic network.

U.S. Charge d’Affaires James Caruso told ABC radio the whole idea is to give alternatives and not to say ‘Don’t do business with China.’

He said it’s up to the US to be competitive.”

China’s increasing presence in PNG and the Pacific has raised eyebrows with the US now taking notice.

Australia will be laying of  a subsea communications cable from Sydney to PNG and the Solomon Islands while Huawei will be building the domestic 5,457 km network of submarine cables linking 14 coastal towns in PNG.

Minister for State Owned Enterprise and Investment William Duma announced in August that China’s Exim Bank would finance the $200 million (K630 million) project.

Cedric Patjole