Recently, New Zeland joined the growing list of countries which is prohibiting its telecom companies from using Huawei’s 5G equipment for “security reasons”. The United States started this trend and now, countries closer to the south pole seems to be adopting the idea. In fact, Australia was the first country to ban Huawei from providing 5G technology although Huawei’s 4G market accounted for 55% of Australia’s share. However, they issued a ban on the announcement in August this year, on the grounds that there is a risk in national security.
Recently, New Zealand Spark telecom operator said in a statement that it has received a notice from the New Zealand Communications Security Administration that it has been banned from using Huawei equipment to build a 5G mobile network due to major national security risks. A few weeks ago, the New Zealand Communications Minister, Kris Faafoi, said that New Zealand may, like Australia, prohibit contracts with Chinese companies for key infrastructure, alluding to the prohibition of Huawei from participating in its 5G construction.
In addition, the United States has been restricting Huawei’s sales in the US market for years and has also mobilized its allies to abandon Huawei and told them that there are cybersecurity risks in using Huawei devices. However, many European countries, including the United Kingdom, and even Canada, have expressed their willingness to cooperate with Huawei to build a 5G mobile network. It is most likely that the areas with Huawei’s 5G equipment will get its services much cheaper than other regions.