NZ intelligence agency blocks Spark-Huawei 5G deal

28 Nov 2018

New Zealand’s intelligence agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), has rejected Spark’s request to use 5G equipment provided by China’s Huawei Technologies, citing a national security risk. Spark intends to review the reasoning before considering any further steps, noting: ‘While we are disappointed with this decision, we are confident that the decision will not affect our plans to launch Spark’s 5G network by 1 July 2020, subject to the necessary spectrum being made available by the New Zealand Government.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, just last week Spark and Huawei New Zealand switched on a live multi-vendor 5G trial network at the telco’s 5G Lab in Auckland – which they said had been built to the full 3GPP Release 15 global industry standard. As per the GCSB ruling, Huawei’s RAN equipment can no longer be used in the planned 5G network.

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