New Zealand joins Australia in banning Huawei

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New Zealand has followed Australia in banning China's Huawei Technologies Co. from supplying fifth-generation wireless equipment to the nation's telecommunications operators, citing national security concerns.

"The Auckland live multi-vendor 5G trial emphatically proves it is possible to retain the critical access-core network separation, which enables operators such as Spark to operate in a multi-vendor network environment, and retains the ability of governments to regulate the vendor technology mix while maintaining a competitive market, said the deputy managing director of Huawei New Zealand Andrew Bowater after the test".

News of the ban came via Spark New Zealand, which said Wednesday its intention to use Huawei 5G equipment had been blocked by the Government Communications Security Bureau.

Banning Huawei 5G is a wrong decision as it would not just slow down the overall 5G process, but it would also be affecting the economic trading of the country as well.

Little said the agency had identified technology that Spark wished to introduce for 5G constituted "what would create a national security risk".

The concerns are elevated for 5G networks because of peculiarities in 5G technology.

"Spark has not yet had an opportunity to review the detailed reasoning behind the Director-General's decision".

Spark called the decision disappointing, but said it will not affect its plans to launch 5G by July 1, 2020.

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The move comes amid the U.S. administration's call on wireless and Internet providers in a number of allied countries to abandon the use of Huawei equipment, which Washington accuses of espionage, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Huawei is at the top of the game in terms of telecommunications infrastructure and equipment and if they are not part of a tendering process for some of these things in New Zealand there will be quality and there will be pricing issues that go with that", he said.

Hampton said he would not comment further at this stage.

That echoed Australian concerns that, with 5G, it was hard to confine vendors considered high risk to a network's less sensitive parts.

GCSB confirmed that it had declined permission for Spark to use Huawei 5G equipment.

No information has been provided by the authorities on the nature of the security threat.

"We will actively address any concerns and work together [with the government] to find a way forward,"the company said in a statement".

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