By SubTel Forum

According to New Zealand's Stuff.com, the New Zealand Government is side-stepping concerns that the Chinese government could use a China Telecom-backed submarine cable linking New Zealand with Australia to spy on communications to and from the country.  Axin, a company believed to be representing a China Telecom joint venture, announced last month that it had secured finance from Bank of China to lay a US$100m cable that would be built by Anglo-Chinese joint venture Huawei Marine between Sydney and Auckland. The cable would become the second artery for international internet traffic and phone calls, competing with the Telecom half-owned Southern Cross Cable.

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