'New Zealand’s spy agency has blocked a top telecommunications firm from using Huawei equipment for its 5G mobile network. The reason? Fears over national security.
Spark, New Zealand’s largest telecom company, said government officials told the firm on Wednesday that using Huawei’s 5G equipment “would, if implemented, raise significant national security risks.”
The blow to Huawei’s plan for worldwide expansion was confirmed by the director general for New Zealand’s spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), Andrew Hampton, who said: “I have informed Spark that a significant network security risk was identified.”
Spark had intended to use Huawei equipment to build its planned 5G network. The Chinese company is the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications equipment and one of the few, alongside Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland-based Nokia, capable of manufacturing equipment for global 5G networks.'
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