New Zealand seems to have followed the footsteps of Australia, which banned Huawei from participating in the national 5G infrastructural setup and rollout citing security concerns and risks. This move does not come as a surprise considering that other major developed countries such as the United States have already taken measures to proceed in the same direction.
The ban from New Zealand comes as a major blow to Huawei since the tech giant is already struggling to expand and set a stable base in developed countries. On the other hand, it maintains a stronghold in developing nations where cheap electronics is too lucrative an option to be turned down.
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In a public statement released on Wednesday, Spark said that Huawei devices were not operable on the 5G mobile network since it had been blocked by Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), the intelligence agency of New Zealand. The Government agency communicated that making use of Huawei devices would raise a “significant national security risk.”
With its headquarters in Shenzhen, southern China, Huawei faces flak due to its Chinese connection. Rumors have been rife that Chinese electronics and devices are more susceptible to interference and snooping. While Huawei has vehemently denied these charges, the company is set on taking up the matter with GCSB.