Toronto: After the United States, Canada has now moved to ban Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE from their 5G networks to ensure “long-term security for our telecommunications infrastructure”.
Following in the footsteps of its partners – including the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand – Canada decided to ban the two Chinese technology companies by early 2028.
The five countries form an intelligence-sharing event called ‘Five Eyes’.
“The Government of Canada ensures the long-term security of our telecommunications infrastructure. As part of this, the Government intends to ban the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications systems,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Francois-Philippe Champagne in a statement late Thursday.
The move will improve Canada’s mobile Internet services and “protect the safety and security of Canadians”.
Telecommunications companies operating in Canada will no longer be permitted to make use of designated equipment or services provided by Huawei and ZTE.
“As well, companies that are already using this equipment installed in their network will be required to stop using it and remove it,” the minister said.
Beijing responded to the Canadian move, saying the security concerns raised by Canada were a “pretext for political manipulation” and accused Canada of working with the United States to suppress Chinese companies.
In November, US President Joe Biden signed the law banning Huawei and ZTE from obtaining approval for network equipment licenses in the country.
In the past, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) identified Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to communications networks – making it harder for U.S. companies to buy equipment from them.
Under the new law, the FCC is required to no longer review or approve an application for a permit for equipment that poses a clear risk to national security.