Huawei launches New Zealand charm offensive, appealing to the country’s love of rugby

China’s Huawei has taken out full-page ads in major New Zealand newspapers in which they equate the idea of a ban on the company to a rugby tournament without the All Blacks. The advertisement reads: “5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand”, referring to the upcoming nationwide roll-out of the mobile technology. National telco Spark has been temporarily banned from using Huawei equipment in the roll-out after the New Zealand’s spy agency the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) warned it would pose “significant national security risks”. The advertisement,…

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