New Zealand rejects the use of Huawei 5G for state security reasons
The New Zealand Intelligence Agency rejected the first demand from the telecommunications industry to use 5G technology equipment from China's Huawei Technologies Co
, which relates to national security considerations.
Telecom provider Spark New Zealand Ltd, a requesting company, announced on Wednesday that it would review the State Agency's arguments before considering other measures.
The decision is due to the growing distrust of the Western countries, in his view, the possible involvement of the Chinese government in mobile networks and the fifth generation. Huawei has repeatedly emphasized that Beijing has no influence on these systems.
This year, Australia's neighboring countries Huawei banned the delivery of 5G equipment, also pointing to security risks. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US government was trying to persuade companies from allies to avoid Huawei.
"I am reporting Spark that there is a significant risk to network security," said Andrew Hampton, general manager of the Government Communications Security Office on Wednesday.
Intelligence Minister Andrew Little told Reuters that Spark, whose demand was part of the country's first 5G technology demand, could work with the agency to mitigate risk. Hampton refused to clarify concerns, noting that it is classified information.
The Huawei announcement stated that "it will actively address all issues and work together to find a way forward," adding that it has signed more than 20 5G contracts with operators around the world.