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New Zealand telecommunications company Spark has said it is advising the government not to ban any Chinese companies from playing a role in 5G networks in the country.

Spark managing director Simon Moutter told the annual general meeting on Friday that his company had no objection to considering Huawei Technologies as a supplier, MSN reported.

Australia announced in August that both Huawei and ZTE Corporation would not be allowed to participate in the rollout of 5G networks. The US has done likewise.

But last week, reports said Canada would not be following the US lead, despite pressure from two US politicians.

The Canadian signals intelligence agency that protects telcos, the Communications Security Establishment, had told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and MPs that Canada had a robust system of testing facilities for Huawei equipment and software to prevent any security snafus.

Moutter told the AGM: "We would hope that our government would not preclude them [Huawei] from being considered without incontrovertible evidence their technology presents security risks that the comprehensive security management tools we employ in our networks cannot mitigate.

"Although we have yet to make decisions on our 5G technology partners, based on their track record with us, we see no reason why Huawei should not be among the vendors we consider inviting to the process."

Huawei was involved with Spark in both the 3G and 4G networks.

Moutter said the government should announce its 5G policy so that the necessary spectrum could be allocated.

"I can't stress this enough. The policy settings created by government are fundamental to the performance of our sector and to the transformative impacts it can have on New Zealand's social and economic progress," he said.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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