Huawei Australia has hired recently-established law firm Xenophon Davisto help defend the local business against "malicious and false attacks designed to cause us reputational damage".\nThe Chinese telecommunications equipment giant said in a statement the move is to ensure Australians get the truth and factual information about Huawei "rather than lies and slurs driven by conflicts of interest."\nThe law firm will work with Huawei's corporate affairs team to help it challenge what it called false and misleading statements.\n \n\u201cXenophon Davis will provide us with crucial assistance as we seek to defend ourselves against malicious attacks from entities intent on causing us reputational damage," Huawei Australia director of corporate and public affairsJeremy Mitchell said.\n \n\u201cEvery smear against Huawei is also a smear against our hard working staff and we want to make sure the important discussion around Cyber Security is based on facts and not baseless innuendo that is unfortunately dominating the current discussion.\n \n\u201cWe owe it to our staff and our customers to push back against these baseless and sensationalisedslurs on our good work and history,\u201d Mitchell added.\n \nHuawei has also warned that its pipeline of works is likely to be dry by the end of 2020 unless the 5G ban is lifted.\n \nIn August 2018, Huawei revealed it had been banned by the Australian Government from providing 5G technology in the country.\n \nHuawei claims to have spent $1 billion in the last two years building the mobile infrastructure but as a result of the ban this work has slowed and will come to an end over the next two years.\nIt also claims that this work generates 1,500 jobs which could be lost. That includes small and medium businesses and contractors.\n \n\u201cOur suppliers are overwhelmingly small-to-medium sized business employing around 30 people and in many cases Huawei is currently delivering around 80 per cent of their annual revenues \u2013 so without us they are in huge trouble," Mitchell said in a statement.\n \n\u201cOnce you factor in the sub-contractors that are employed by our principal suppliers we are currently responsible for around 1,500 jobs in the local telecom construction industry \u2013 but the cold reality is that unless the 5G ban on Huawei is reversed those jobs will be lost over the next 18 months."\n \nHe also said that there is no competition to spur 5G rollout which could result in those job losses.\n \n\u201cConstruction of the NBN will be completed by June and with so little capital expenditure going into 5G deployment there are clearly very challenging times ahead for the local telecom construction sector.\n \n\u201cWe hope common sense prevails and that Huawei is ultimately allowed to deliver 5G in Australia in the way we are already doing in the UK, South Korea, Switzerland, Spain and many others.\u201d\n \nCraig Newton, director of operations at Rockford Services, said the Brisbane-based business has been working with Huawei for four years and it is a major customer. \n \n\u201cWe now have to go out and try to find new customers, not an easy task in the current environment because the NBN rollout is coming to a close and we are not seeing 5G being deployed with any great urgency by the operators,\u201d Newton said.