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Slammed in the US, welcome in NZ -- what's up with Huawei?

Sarah Putt | Oct. 10, 2012
Huawei has been slammed in a special report by the US House of Representative select committee which investigated whether the Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor poses a national security threat.

In New Zealand Huawei is a technology supplier for the following companies, which Computerworld has sought comment from this morning:

Ultra Fast Broadband network

Huawei is the technology partner for two companies awarded the contracts under the UFB - Ultra Fast Fibre in the central North Island and Enable Networks in Christchurch. Ultra Fast Fibre was not commenting about the US report today.

Enable Networks spokesperson says: "We selected Huawei on the basis of their ability to meet the requirements for the UFB project. We understand our role in ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of our network."

Crown Fibre Holdings -- the government agency overseeing the UFB contracts -- has also been contacted, however a spokesperson says it is not able to comment on matters of security policy and has forwarded our query to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

Rural Broadband network

In December last year Chorus announced it had signed a deal with Huawei for it to supply coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) equipment, as part of the roll out of the Rural Broadband network.

A spokesperson for Chorus says Huawei's role in RBI is in a limited capacity to provide DWDM backhaul in some parts of the network.


Huawei built 2degrees' existing mobile network and in 2011 the mobile telco signed a $100 million deal with Huawei to upgrade its mobile network over the next two years.

A 2degrees spokesperson says the company will not be commenting.

Fixed line

Huawei is Vodafone's technology partner for its fixed line network in New Zealand. A spokesperson has emailed Computerworld the following comment:

"Vodafone New Zealand works with a number of vendors who provide network services. Most recently we have signed a new agreement with long standing partner Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade our mobile network. And we work with Cisco for our core IP network for fixed and mobile.

Our relationship with Huawei is focused on our fixed line broadband network which comprises 55 local exchanges in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Our annual spend with Huawei is around one per cent of our capex budget. Like all the mobile providers in New Zealand, we also sell a range of Huawei phones and modems."

Huawei statement

Huawei statement regarding US Congress Select Committee Investigation


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