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NZ Blocks Huawei From 5G Network

Chinese telco titan Huawei has received another setback in its 5G plans as New Zealand has decided to bar them from their country’s 5G network rollout, following similar decisions in Australia, the US, and Japan, due to cybersecurity concerns.

Reports emerged from NZ Herald that local telco company Spark New Zealand had intended to use Huawei equipment in their 5G mobile network plans but was banned from using them before the official announcement was released.

“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.

The decision by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau comes after reports that the US government has been attempting to convince their allies against utilising Huawei’s equipment, as they perceive it as a cybersecurity risk.

It appears the GCSB agrees with the US and Australia, who barred barred Huawei and ZTE Corp. from being involved in Australia’s 5G mobile network back in August.

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