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New Zealand Bans Huawei Tech From Use In 5G Mobile Network

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New Zealand Bans Huawei Tech From Use In 5G Mobile Network
New Zealand is the latest country to ban equipment from Chinese tech giant Huawei from being used in 5G network.
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Another country has banned use of certain products made by Chinese tech giant Huawei.

This week, New Zealand blocked its top telecom company, Spark, from using Huawei's equipment to build its 5G mobile network. The director of New Zealand's spy agency confirmed that doing so would "raise significant national security risks."

In August, the Australian government banned Huawei technology from use in its 5G network, too, reportedly also because of national security concerns. 

In a statement, Huawei said it will "actively address any concerns" and work with the New Zealand government to "find a way forward."

Over the years, U.S. lawmakers have been critical of the company due in part to its alleged ties to the Chinese government.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported U.S. officials are pressuring allies, especially those that have U.S. military bases, to not work with the company because of their concerns.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN