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Huawei Seeks Explanation From NZ

Following reports on New Zealand’s government’s decision to ban Huawei from their national 5G network rollout, the Chinese company has responded by asking for clarification on the situation.

According to a report in Reuters, Huawei claims that they never received any formal meeting with GCSB — New Zealand’s government security bureau — regarding their ban.

The GCSB cited cybersecurity concerns in their reasoning in declining Spark New Zealand’s proposal to use Huawei equipment to build its 5G network.

“Huawei is seeking an urgent meeting with the relevant ministers and officials to understand the government’s position and get clarification of the process from here” Andrew Bowater, Huawei’s NZ deputy managing director said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

He claimed that the GCSB had not presented any evidence of wrongdoing leading Huawei to reject the idea that it threatened local businesses “in any way”.

“Huawei would welcome the opportunity to actively address any concerns and work together to find a way forward,” Bowater said.

New Zealand is the latest in a list of countries who have decided to ban Huawei due to cybersecurity concerns fearing influence from the Chinese government. Huawei has consistently rejected these concerns.

Huawei has been a big player in New Zealand since 2005, even facilitating equipment for their 4G mobile network and testing 5G technology with Spark New Zealand.

“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 necessary spectrum being made available by the New Zealand Government,” Spark said in a statement.

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