Story image

Huawei seeks urgent meeting with Govt about Spark 5G ban saga

29 Nov 18

Huawei is asking the New Zealand Government for an urgent meeting to discuss exactly why it has been banned from working with Spark on a proposed 5G network upgrade.

Huawei New Zealand deputy managing director Andrew Bowater released a media statement this afternoon, in which he says Huawei is aware of the situation but has not been contacted at all by the GCSB.

"As the Director General has noted publicly, this is an ongoing process. Huawei would welcome the opportunity to actively address any concerns and work together to find a way forward," Bowater says.

Yesterday the GCSB announced that it will not let Spark work with Huawei on the proposed 5G network because of 'significant' national security concerns.

Bowater says that in the interests of natural justice and fairness, government officials and Huawei should meet in order to understand the government's position and to clarify the process from hereon in.

“There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei presented and we strongly reject the notion that our business threatens New Zealand in any way. We deserve the opportunity to have our voice heard and to address any concerns in good faith," Bowater says.

He adds that Huawei was established in New Zealand in 2005 and since then, it has always worked in good faith with the government and industry players.

"We believe that our involvement in the telecommunications sector has benefited New Zealand’s economy, businesses and consumers."

He also believes that New Zealand consumers will feel the fallout - the lack of comptition will affect both technology and price.

"Huawei has a proven record of delivering the best technology in New Zealand at a competitive price. In March this year we achieved a then world-record of 18.23Gbps for the indoor 5G trial with Spark while our competitors were only able to achieve just over 1Gbps the same week.”

How blockchain will impact NZ’s economy
Distributed ledgers and blockchain are anticipated to provide a positive uplift to New Zealand’s economy.
25% of malicious emails still make it through to recipients
Popular email security programmes may fail to detect as much as 25% of all emails with malicious or dangerous attachments, a study from Mimecast says.
Human value must be put back in marketing - report
“Digital is now so widely adopted that its novelty has worn off. In their attempt to declutter, people are being more selective about which products and services they incorporate into their daily lives."
Wine firm uses AR to tell its story right on the bottle
A Central Otago wine company is using augmented reality (AR) and a ‘digital first’ strategy to change the way it builds its brand and engages with customers.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Protecting organisations against internal fraud
Most companies tend to take a basic approach that focuses on numbers and compliance, without much room for grey areas or negotiation.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."