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Leaked letter focused on solutions, not threats - Huawei

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Following the leak of a private letter from Huawei NZ to Minister Faafoi and Minister Little, the company is reaffirming its commitment to New Zealand and its customers. Written by Yanek Fan the Managing Director of Huawei NZ, the letter affirmed that Huawei has done nothing wrong, and outlined how the concerns raised by Ministers and the GCSB publicly could be mitigated, as well as the potential consequences of excluding Huawei.

The letter was sent in good faith and was never intended as a threat, but rather to start a discussion on solutions to address the Government’s concerns.

Andrew Bowater, Deputy Managing Director of Huawei New Zealand says, "We sent the letter in an effort to remain transparent and lay out all our information in one place to Government having not had the opportunity to meet with Ministers or the GCSB. In no way was it a threat to government and we’re disappointed it was leaked. "We have absolutely no plans to pack up and leave New Zealand, in fact we already have contracts in place for the next seven years. But it’s important to acknowledge there will be a very real impact on the country if Huawei is barred from the 5G roll out," says Bowater. The letter also outlined measures Huawei New Zealand is willing to take to address apparent concerns including: Limiting Huawei New Zealand’s involvement to non-core areas of the 5G network perceived to be less "sensitive", such as the Radio Access Network (RAN)

Establishing an independent cyber security assessment lab in New Zealand operated by an independent third party and overseen by the Government, which will serve as a third level of testing of 5G equipment

Signing of a no-spying agreement between the New Zealand government and Huawei, which will serve as an assurance that there has never been and will never be backdoors in Huawei’s equipment and that Huawei has never and will never engage in espionage.

Since the letter was written, Huawei’s 5G contracts have increased to 50 deals around the world, and 60% of those are in Europe. In the UK, Vodafone, Three and EE (BT) have all launched commercial 5G networks using Huawei technology on their RAN.

"Our success globally is a clear indication of Huawei’s competitive prices and superior technology. Leading telecommunication network providers choose us, because our 5G offering is the best. They also know Huawei technology and would not choose us if they thought we were a risk to their business.

"We are committed to supporting our customers and all New Zealanders. 5G done in the right way is an immense opportunity for New Zealand and we know Huawei technology is the best in the market. We want to work with the New Zealand Government, so the country doesn’t have to compromise on competition or quality," concludes Bowater.

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