Huawei secures contracts in New Zealand despite Australian ban

Last week, the Australian government announced its decision to ban Huawei Technologies from bidding for contracts in Australia’s $38 billion broadband project due to undefined security concerns. 



Last week, the Australian government announced its decision to ban Huawei Technologies from bidding for contracts in Australia’s $38 billion broadband project due to undefined security concerns. 


The Australian Financial Review reported that Huawei (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) was seeking to secure a supply contract worth up to $1.04 billion with NBN, but has been blocked by the Attorney-General’s department based on advice from Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO).


Despite prior difficulties breaking into non-domestic markets, including the United States, Huawei has recently secured major contracts in New Zealand’s $1.3 billion broadband project. The New Zealand broadband project aims to accelerate the country’s broadband rollout to cover 75% of New Zealand over a ten-year period.


 “We are very committed to developing our business in New Zealand and playing a significant role in this very important fiber infrastructure project,” says Arthur Zhang, CEO of Huawei New Zealand.


In February, Huawei announced a multi-million dollar contract with Enable Services Limited (Christchurch, New Zealand), a provider of fiber broadband, to supply the fiber equipment required for Christchurch’s UFB network, and for services to manage operations and maintenance.


Under the contract, Huawei will supply the optical equipment, including micro tube ducting and optical fiber cables, as well as open access Ethernet network solutions. The access network will use Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Gigabit Point to Point Ethernet over the Huawei network equipment, and a Metro Ethernet switching system. It will be managed with Huawei’s unified Network Management System.


In December, Chorus (Wellington, New Zealand), a telecommunications utility company, and Huawei, announced they have signed a deal to help extend the reach of broadband into rural New Zealand. The supply arrangement allows Chorus to use Huawei’s coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) equipment, a technology that increases the data capacity of existing rural fiber optic cables to connect remote schools, roadside cabinets and cellular sites.


Chorus General Manager of Network Build Chris Dyhrberg said the supply agreement will help Chorus deliver its Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) commitments.


 “Huawei’s CWDM will help us reliably increase the capacity on our existing network, without the need to deploy additional fiber cables,”


Finally, in November, Huawei and Ultrafast Fibre Ltd (UFL) announced an agreement to deploy Fiber to the Home (FTTH) access network technology across a range of towns and cities in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Wanganui regions.


Under the contract, Huawei will supply UFL (Hamilton, New Zealand) with intelligent Layer 1 Optical Distribution Network (iODN) and Open Access Layer 2 network solutions.  According to Huawei, the access network will use access technologies including Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) across Huawei SmartAx MA5600T Optical Line Termination and Gigabit Point to Point Ethernet using Huawei Quidway S9300 Terabit routing Metro Ethernet platforms at central offices.


The project will allow residential and business customers to subscribe to different retail service providers and will have optical network termination units in the premises connected to the UFB network offering services such as high-speed Internet, telephony and IPTV