New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday, February 21 that China’s telecommunications giant Huawei has never been excluded from 5G network construction of New Zealand.

She said Huawei was not ruled out of constructing parts of 5G network of Spark, New Zealand’s local telecommunications supplier.

“They have done so and have gone back to Spark… and said to them there are concerns, your option now is to mitigate those and that is the place in the process where we currently are,” Ardern said.

At the World Economic Forum held in Davos in January, the Prime Minister had promised to give Huawei fair treatment. “This is not about a particular vendor. This is about a framework in New Zealand that I think serves us well.”

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Speaking of the voices that the other four partners of the “Five Eyes” alliance, say, the US, Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand are under pressure from the US, Arden said the “Five Eyes” alliance do share information, but New Zealand makes its own decision independently regarding the issue of Huawei 5G solution.

Andrew Pirie, a spokesman for Spark said on Wednesday February 20 that the company had yet to decide whether to submit a revised 5G upgrade proposal that incorporates Huawei gear. He said the Spark was still in the process of assessing information forwarded by Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB).

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Huawei was supposed to construct Spark’s 5G network. However, in November 2018, the GCSB objected to Spark’s adoption of Huawei’s 5G technology and equipment all of a sudden on the grounds of concerns over “significant network security risk.”

The Financial Times quoted internal sources as saying that the British government had come to conclusion that the security risks in using Huawei’s 5G equipment is thought to be controllable.

The allies have their own stances, this dealt a heavy blow to the US who attempted to persuade them to exclude Chinese telecommunications operators from participation in local network construction, according to the Financial Times.

Arden said Spark and Huawei have an opportunity to fix security concerns under the framework of New Zealand’s legislation.

In addition to advanced 5G technology, Huawei also produces good transcripts in smartphone sales. In the fourth quarter of 2018, it registered the most arresting growth among the world’s top five vendors-Samsung, Apple, Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi – with a spike of 37.6 percent year-on-year to surpass 60 million units, according to the latest reported released by consultancy Gartner on Thursday February 19.


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