Huawei has been the major sponsor of Canberra Raiders. On Thursday, the communication company declared they are continuing with their involvement with National Rugby League team.

Huawei debuted in sports sponsorship space with their involvement with the Canberra Raiders back in 2012.

As Huawei introduced their 5G network, Australian Government banned the Chinese giant over security concern. The three-year contract with the Rugby team also became uncertain.

The Australian Chairman of Huawei, John Lord said, “We renewed the deal because of the deep commitment to long-tern engagement in the Australian market.”

“I, John Lord, and the board of Huawei hope that further down the track there may be room in Australia for our company to participate in 5G, but that is a decision for national governments and it’s up to us to keep showing the government the advantages of including Huawei in the Australian 5G network.” He added.

The renewed sponsorship was welcomed by Canberra Raiders board members, Dennis Richardson, a former head of the defense department and of the main domestic spy agency, Australian Security Intelligence Organization.

“I don’t have to support or otherwise the decision of the government. I support the Canberra Raiders and I welcome any sponsorship that we get from Huawei.” He concluded.


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