Canada bans Huawei and ZTE equipment from 5G networks

On May 19, the Canadian government said that Canadian carriers are prohibited from installing Huawei and ZTE equipment in high-speed 5G networks.

Before that, Canada was the only member of the Fire Eyes intelligence alliance that did not ban or restrict the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G network. The US and other countries – the UK, Australia and New Zealand – have all banned the Chinese tech firm.

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Canada’s ban also includes ZTE, one of China’s largest technology companies. According to Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, telecommunications service providers who have installed the equipment will be asked to stop using it and discard it. However, they are not compensated.

Major domestic carriers have begun to cooperate with other equipment suppliers. Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino said that “there are many hostile forces ready to exploit our defense vulnerabilities”. He said the government has done a comprehensive review and redoubled its efforts to protect Canadians.

The US government has been lobbying allies like Canada for years to exclude Huawei from 5G networks, fearing it could be tracked. The United States has warned that it will consider sharing intelligence with any country that still uses Huawei equipment.

Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations. A Huawei spokesman said the company was disappointed but not surprised by Canada’s decision. “We view this as a political decision, born of political pressure mainly from the United States.”

The spokesperson believes Huawei equipment will be available in Canada in the coming years. The company currently has more than 1,500 employees in Canada and more than two-thirds are doing research work. The development of 5G will help everyone have faster connection speeds, bringing huge data capacity to meet the increasing demand as more and more things connect to the Internet and new technologies such as virtual reality, games. role-playing, self-driving cars.

Huawei is a supplier of networking equipment to the world’s largest telecommunications companies. They are a symbol of China on its journey to becoming a technology power, and are also the object of concern for US law enforcement and security officials.

In 2021, the US, Canada and China made an important “exchange”, involving Huawei daughter Meng Wanzhou. China detained two Canadians not long after Canada arrested Ms. Meng – Huawei’s chief financial officer – at the request of the US. The two Canadians were allowed to return home on the same day as Ms. Meng returned to China after reaching an agreement with US authorities.

According to Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s former ambassador to China, “the decision (to ban Huawei) should have been made two or three years ago, but better late than never.” He predicts China will soon retaliate.

Du Lam (According to AP)


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