The ban on the Chinese telecoms hardware and products company Huawei becoming involved in the NBN is odd to say the least, but not for the usual litany of reasons trotted out by Defence and political strategists. In fact, the reports on the ban and the claimed fallout have failed to look at what Huwaei has been doing in Australia and with whom.

The links to media mogul Kerry Stokes and the Optus/Singapore Telecoms group make for fascinating speculation. But that seems to have slipped by much of the media. That's a pity because it clearly shows Huawei is clearly trusted by Stokes' media and business empire, which straddles Australia and reaches into China, and is not only trusted by the government of Singapore, but is about to become an essential part of the country's telecoms infrastructure.