After US, Canada bans China’s Huawei, ZTE from 5G network


After the US, Canada has now moved to ban Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE from their 5G networks to ensure “the long-term security of our telecommunications infrastructure”. Following in the footsteps of its allies including the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, Canada decided to ban two Chinese tech companies by early 2028.

Five countries have put in place an intelligence-sharing arrangement called Five Eyes, reports IANS.

“The Government of Canada is ensuring the long-term security of our telecommunications infrastructure. As part of that, the government intends to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canadian telecommunications systems,” Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a statement.

The move will improve Canada’s mobile internet services and “protect the safety and security of the Canadian people”. Telecommunications companies operating in Canada will no longer be allowed to use specified equipment or services provided by Huawei and ZTE.

“Also, companies that already use this equipment installed in their networks will need to stop using it and remove it,” the minister said.

Beijing, reacting to Canada’s move, said the security concerns raised by Canada were “under the pretext of political manipulation”, accusing Canada of working with the US to suppress Chinese companies. In November US President Joe Biden signed legislation to ban Huawei and ZTE from seeking approval for licenses for network equipment in the country.

Previously, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to communications networks – making it harder for US firms to purchase equipment from them.

Under the new law, the FCC is no longer required to review or approve any authorization application for equipment with a clear risk to national security.

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