Huawei continues to accumulate bans in different countries.
New Zealand this environment has become the last country in block the proposal to use telecommunications equipment manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei in connection with problems of national security.
Telecommunications company Spark wanted to use Huawei’s equipment on its 5G mobile network in New Zealand, but the state security agency said the agreement would involve significant risks.
This move is part of a growing push against the involvement of Chinese technology companies in security matters.
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What are the fears
Several governments do not trust Chinese technology because They fear that Beijing will force companies like Huawei to help to the authorities get access to trade secrets and other confidential information,
In particular, there are concerns about espionage risk from Chinaaccording to some experts.
Tom Uren, who visited a member of the International Center for Cyber Policy at the Institute of Strategic Policy of Australia, said that the Chinese government "clearly demonstrated its intention to steal information over the years."
“The Chinese state has been involved in many types of espionage, including cybernetics and the theft of intellectual property,” he said.
The close ties between business and government also raised concerns. China may try to “use state-owned companies to allow its espionage operations,” Uren added.
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These problems are exacerbated by new laws introduced last year that require Chinese organizations to cooperate in national intelligence efforts.
The combination of these laws and the pre-history of espionage has increased the danger perceived by countries for the use of companies such as: Huawei and ZTE in a critical national infrastructure.
“It is difficult to argue that they do not represent a high risk,” Uren added.
5G networks are being built in several countries, and this technology will be the next important wave of mobile infrastructure.
And since Huawei is the world's largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, telecommunications company Spark New Zealand planned to use Huawei technology in its 5G network.
But the Office of Communications Security of the Government of New Zealand (GCSB) told Spark that the proposal “if it is implemented, will increase significant national security risks“, Explained the company.
New Zealand's intelligence minister, Andrew Little, said Spark could work with the agency to reduce this risk.
Huawei said: “As noted by GCSB, this is an ongoing process. We will look at any problems, and we will work together to find the right way. ”
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What countries have banned Huawei?
New Zealand’s decision to block Huawei for national security reasons is not isolated.
Australia did the same with Huawei and ZTE so they do not provide 5G technology for country wireless networks for the same reasons.
On the other hand, Huawei defended its independence and said it is a private company. He also proposed to build an assessment and testing center in which his 5G team could be reviewed by the Australian government.
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At the beginning of this year, USA announced restrictions for Huawei and ZTE to bid on contracts on their territory, and then this prohibited government or military officials from using the phones of these Chinese companies.
Last week newspaper Wall street journal said the US government tried to convince wireless service providers to avoid using Huawei equipment.
On the other hand, in United Kingdom The government says it still works with Huawei.
“This government and British telecommunications operators are working with Huawei at home and abroad to ensure that the UK can continue to use the technology while managing the risks of cybersecurity,” said the British government press service BBC.
However, the security committee warned that "Limited Warranty" that the telecommunications equipment of a Chinese company does not pose a threat to national security.
Canada He also conducts security tests from 2013 on telecommunications equipment sold in the country by the Chinese giant Huawei.
Similarly, the firm was rated at Germany, Japan and Korea from South,
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But there is only one country that is on the side of Huawei: Papua New Guinea
Recall that this week the company Pacific will announce that Huawei intends to build its Internet infrastructure.
In the last decade, the country has received a significant increase in China’s investment.
Since its founding in 1987, Huawei has become one of the leading suppliers of telecommunications equipment worldwide.
According to its website, the company has about 180,000 employees and operates in 170 countries and regions.