Amid the rising concern over national security, New Zealand has become the latest country to block a proposal to utilize telecoms equipment made by China’s Huawei.
Spark New Zealand wanted to use Huawei equipment in its 5G mobile network.
However, the country’s government security agency said the deal would bring significant risks to national security.
The decision is part of a growing push against the involvement of Chinese technology firms on security grounds.
5G networks are being built in several countries and will form the next significant wave of mobile infrastructure.
Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, has faced resistance from foreign governments over the risk that its technology could be used for espionage.
Telecoms firm Spark New Zealand planned to use equipment from the Chinese firm in its 5G network.
The head of NZ’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) told Spark the proposal “would , if implemented, raise significant national security risks”, the company said.
Meanwhile, intelligence services minister Andrew Little said Spark could work with the agency to reduce that risk.
“As the GCSB has noted, this is an ongoing process. We will actively address any concerns and work together to find a way forward,” Huawei said.
NZ is not the only country who blocks the operations of Huawei in their territories, one of the list are: Australia, US and UK.
However, as of posting, the one of the country who gives greenlight of the proposal was Papua New Guinea.
The Pacific nation has seen a surge in investment from China over the past decade.