New Zealand is the latest to prevent its leading telecom company from using Huawei equipment for their 5G network. Huawei is a Chinese multinational telecommunications and smartphone company.
According to Spark NZ (the nation's biggest telecom firm), government officials felt that using Huawei's 5G equipment could pose risks to national security. In a statement to CNN, New Zealand's spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), confirmed the matter. "I have informed Spark that a significant network security risk was identified," said Andrew Hampton, the director general of GCSB.
Huawei responded to New Zealand's decision with a statement saying "we will actively address any concerns and work together [with the government] to find a way forward."
New Zealand’s restriction comes close on the heels of Australia’s ban on Huawei 5G technology for the country's wireless networks. The U.S. has restricted Huawei products since 2012.