Huawei hopes for Britain-like solution in New Zealand 5G bid

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies said the british decision to make the company a limited role in the construction of the components of the next generation telecommunications network was the nature of the solution was to hope for in New Zealand, where it is blocked from 5G plans.

FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of a displayed Huawei and 5G network logo in this illustration picture, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/dado Ruvic

Britain will ban Huawei from all major areas of 5G network, but the number of non-core parts, the sources told Reuters, as it seeks a middle ground in a bitter U.S.-china dispute arising out of the U.s. allegations that Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for espionage.

Washington has also urged its allies to ban Huawei building 5G networks, even if the Chinese company, the world’s largest producer of telecommunications equipment, has repeatedly said that the spying concerns are unfounded.

In New Zealand, a member of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network, including the United States, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in November took a first request of the local telecommunications company Spark Huawei equipment in the 5G network, but later gave the operator options to reduce national security concerns.

“The solution proposed in the united kingdom to restrict Huawei offer for the core is exactly the solution that we have seen in New Zealand,” Andrew Bowater, deputy CEO of Huawei ‘ s New Zealand arm, said in a statement via e-mail.

Spark said it has noted the developments in Britain, and would increase with the GCSB.

The reports suggest the united kingdom is in line with other European jurisdictions in taking an informed and balanced approach to the management of supplier related to the security risks in 5G”, Andrew Pirie, Spark corporate relations lead, said in an e-mail.

“Our discussions with the GCSB are underway and we expect that the developments in the united kingdom is a further point of discussion between us,” Pirie added.

New Zealand’s minister of intelligence agencies, Andrew Little, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The british culture minister Jeremy Wright said on Thursday that he would report to parliament the conclusions of a government review of the 5G supply chain as soon as they are taken.

He added that the disclosure of confidential discussions on the role of the Huawei was “unacceptable” and that he could not rule out a criminal investigation into the leak.

The decisions of Britain and Germany to use Huawei gear in non-core parts of 5G network makes it more difficult to prove Huawei is to be held in New Zealand, telecommunications networks, said Syed Faraz Hasan, an expert in communication engineering and networks in the New Zealand Massey University

He pointed out Huawei gear was already part of the non-core 4G-networks that 5G infrastructure would be built on.

“Unless there is a convincing argument against the Huawei devices … it is difficult to keep them away,” Hasan said.

Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by with the ipad has Himani

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