The New Zealand government has named its preferred partners to help build an ultra-fast broadband network. One of China’s biggest telecommunications equipment suppliers, Huawei, hosted a technology summit in Auckland this week, effectively announcing its desire to be part of New Zealand’s emerging fibre-optic network. Despite recently being given special mention by Prime Minister John Key as "a big player," Huawei has said it is not interested in bidding to be part of the network’s initial construction – it is more interested in supplying equipment to the network builders. Stuff.co.nz reports Huawei is the main equipment supplier to Nucleus Connect, a subsidiary of Singaporean ISP StarHub, which recently participated in the introduction of Singapore’s fibre network. The company was structurally separated from its parent to ensure it provided "open access" to all of Singapore’s eight retail service providers, and is led by Scottish chief executive David Storrie.
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