New Zealand Blocks Huawei, in Blow to Chinese Telecom Giant – The New York Times

What happened: New Zealand has blocked the world’s largest telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies from supplying technology for 5G network in the country, joining the ranks of the US, Australia and other developed countries who regard the Chinese tech giant as a threat to security. Spark, a major telecom carrier in New Zealand, said in a statement on Wednesday that it was not able to use Huawei’s 5G equipment after the country’s intelligence agency rejected its proposal on national security grounds.

Why it’s important: Over the past year, the US rallied against Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers including Huawei and ZTE, fearing these companies’ close ties with the Chinese government would make their network equipment vulnerable to surveillance and interference.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.