Huawei sponsors All White game
UPDATE Oct 26: There's no free Coldplay gigs for NZ, but Huawei is also on the front on this side of the Tasman, too.
This afternoon, the Chinese telecommunications company said it would sponsor a match between the All Whites and China to "mark 40 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China."
The match will be held in Shanghai on November 14.
Huawei Aussie PR assault continues with free Coldplay gigs
UPDATE Oct 25: Huawei's PR assault on Australia continued today as the Chinese telecommunications company announced two free Cold Play concerts.
One will be at a so-far-secret "intimate venue" early in the day on November 15 (tickets are being dished out via the company's Facebook page, the charmingly-named Huawei Device Australia).
Later the same day, Coldplay will play a second concert at another venue, also intimate. The second concert will be simulcast by a local radio station, and webcast through Huawei's Facebook page.
In Australia, Huawei pushes back with a cunning plan
Oct 24: Huawei, blocked from Australia's $A37 billion National Broadband Network (NBN), has hit back with a cunning plan.
Stories in the AFR and other Aussie media confidently predict Huawei Australia chairman John Lord will call for the creation of a cyber security evaluation centre.
Huawei wants the government to test its gear (with full access to its source code), and that of any company that wants to participate in a "critical infrastructure" project.
Nitpickers will wonder how a speech by Mr Lord - to be delivered to the National Press Club in Canberra this afternoon - has been so widely leaked.
And in practical terms, a cyber security evaluation centre would prove little.
As the Wall Street Journal recently noted, all the major telecommunications infrastructure makers leave back doors and vulnerabilities - the question, unknowable from technical testing, is whether the security gaps are accidental or on purpose, and whether they will be exploited.
Still, politically it's a clever play.
And, Lord knows - so to speak - life at Huawei Australia is all about politics and PR (the chairman is a retired Admiral, sending a subtle message about security).