New Zealand bans Huawei 5G equipment due to 'national security' fears
NEW ZEALAND has become the latest country to block Huawei from supplying equipment for its 5G phone network "national security concerns."
Spark, the country's largest telecommunications company, said on Wednesday that government officials warned that using 5G equipment from Chinese firm Huawei "would, if implemented, raise significant national security risks."
"While we are disappointed with this decision, we are confident that the decision will not affect our plans to launch Spark's 5G network by 1 July 2020, subject to the required spectrum being made by the New Zealand Government," Spark said in a statement .
Andrew Hampton, the director general of New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), confirmed its decision in a statement saying: "I have informed Spark that a significant network security risk was identified," said Andrew Hampton, the director general of GCSB .
In response to this recent blow, Australia's banned Huawei from supplying 5G kit, the Chinese firm said it was "looking into the matter."
"As the GCSB has noted, this is an ongoing process," the company said in a statement. "We will actively address any concerns and work together to find a way forward."
Last week, the WSJ reported that the US government was pressuring foreign allies to ditch networking equipment from the Chinese firm Huawei.
As part of an "extraordinary outreach campaign," US officials have reportedly reached out to European and Asian countries where Huawei equipment is already in use, warning them about the "national security risks" posed by the Chinese firm.
As well as scaremongering about cybersecurity risks, the WSJ's sources claim Washington has been considering increasing financial assistance for countries that shun Chinese-made equipment.
It's also mulling subsidizing the purchase and maintenance of non-Chinese equipment by its allies, noting that one of the government's main concerns around the use of Chinese telecom equipment in countries that host US military bases, such as Italy, Japan and Germany; the latter of which has been considering a ban on 5G equipment from Huawei. μ