New Zealand govt rejects telco’s plan to use Huawei 5G equipment

The US is trying to persuade wireless companies and internet providers in allied countries to shun equipment made by Chinese telecom giant Huawei, citing cyber security risks. (AFP photo)
Updated 28 November 2018
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New Zealand govt rejects telco’s plan to use Huawei 5G equipment

  • The decision comes months after Australia banned the China’s firm for security reasons
  • It comes at a time when Western countries are increasingly worried about the rising influence of Chinese companies in the Asia Pacific region.
WELLINGTON: A government agency rejected Spark New Zealand’s proposal to use 5G equipment of China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in its planned network citing significant national security risks, the telco said on Wednesday.
The decision by New Zealand’s Director-General of the Government Communications Security Bureau comes months after Australia banned the Chinese firm for the same reason. It comes at a time when Western countries are increasingly worried about the rising influence of Chinese companies in the Asia Pacific region.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US government is trying to persuade wireless and Internet providers in allied countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this year, neighboring Australia banned Huawei from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network citing national security risks.
Australia expanded its national security rules in August to exclude telecommunication equipment suppliers that it believes have ties to foreign governments.
The New Zealand bureau’s decision means that Spark cannot implement or give effect to its proposal to use Huawei equipment in its planned 5G network, the company said in a statement.
However, Spark said it remains confident the decision will not affect its plans to launch 5G network by July 1, 2020.


China blasts ‘inhumane’ treatment of Huawei executive

Updated 10 December 2018
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China blasts ‘inhumane’ treatment of Huawei executive

  • The 46-year-old woman said she has been treated in a Canadian hospital for hypertension since she was arrested on December 1 for possible extradition
  • Wanzhou has filed court papers in Vancouver arguing she should be released on bail from her Canadian jail

BEIJING: China on Monday protested Canada’s “inhumane” treatment of an executive of telecom giant Huawei who is being held on a US extradition bid, citing reports she was not getting sufficient medical care.
Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has filed court papers in Vancouver arguing she should be released on bail from her Canadian jail.
In a sworn affidavit, the 46-year-old woman said she has been treated in a Canadian hospital for hypertension since she was arrested on December 1 for possible extradition.
China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported, without citing sources, that “it seems that the Canadian detention facility is not offering her the necessary health care.”
“We believe this is inhumane and violates her human rights,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing, citing such reports.