Canada has banned Huawei and ZTE from participating in the development of 5G networks for being "hostile actors"

Canada has banned Huawei and ZTE from participating in the development of 5G networks for being “hostile actors”

Canada has banned parastatal Huawei from developing 5G technology in its telecom networks, deeming it a ‘hostile’ player in the industry (Reuters)

The wireless carriers of Canada will not be able to install equipment huawei in their networks 5G high-speed rail, the Canadian government announced Thursday, joining its allies in vetoing the Chinese tech company. Nor to the other bidder linked to the Chinese regime, ZTE.

Canada was the only member of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes that it had not prohibited or restricted the use of Huawei Technologies Co.Ltd. on its 5G networks. The other members: The United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand had previously vetoed Huawei.

We announce our intention to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications systems“said the Minister of Industry, Francois-Philippe Champagne. Canada’s veto also includes ZTE Corp., one of China’s largest state-owned technology companies.

Champagne added that “vendors who have already installed this equipment should stop using it and remove it”. He said that no compensation will be offered to mobile operators in Canada. Major Wireless Carriers Canada they had already started working with other suppliers.

Today, we are announcing our intention to ban Huawei and ZTE products and services from Canada’s telecommunications systems. Telecommunications companies in Canada cannot include in their networks products or services that endanger our national security. Suppliers who have already installed this equipment will be obliged to stop using it and remove itsaid Champagne.

Many hostile actors are ready to exploit vulnerabilities in our defensessaid the Minister of Public Security, Marco Mendicino. Beggar He said the government has done a thorough review and is redoubling its efforts to protect Canadians.

The government of United States has been warning its allies for years, as Canadaexclude huawei new mobile networks 5G lest the autocrats of China could force the company to collaborate in cyber espionage. United States warned that it would reconsider sharing intelligence information with any country using surveillance equipment. huawei.

The company has repeatedly denied the allegations, even though its ties and close historical ties to beijing they are unavoidable. A spokesperson for huawei he said he would refrain from commenting until he sees what the government is actually doing.

Ren Zhengfei, the former Chinese army engineer who founded Huawei in 1987, shows Chinese regime leader Xi Jinping at the offices of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in London on 21 October 2015 (Reuters)
Ren Zhengfei, the former Chinese army engineer who founded Huawei in 1987, shows Chinese regime leader Xi Jinping at the offices of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in London on 21 October 2015 (Reuters)

The development of networks 5Gor of fifth generationprovide citizens with faster online connections and provide massive data capacity to meet voracious demand as more things connect to the internet and innovations such as virtual reality, immersive games and autonomous vehicles are emerging.

Currently huawei is a supplier to certain Canadian telecommunications companies with equipment 4G. Most, if not all, have refrained from using the services of huawei on their fifth-generation wireless networks or have switched to other providers while Ottawa decided.

5G networks offer their users faster online connections and greater data capacity. Beggar says that innovationrepresents a great opportunity for competition and growth“, but “also involves risks”.

United States, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and Sweden have already blocked or restricted the use of technology huawei on their 5G networks. Washington consider huawei a potential security threat due to the background of its CEO and founder ren zhengfeiformer Chinese army engineer and father of Meng who was accused of stealing licenses and dodging penalties to favor the theocratic regime of Iran.

Concerns rise at a time when the parastatal company aims to become a world leader in telecommunications equipment and one of the main manufacturers of smartphonesand also following a 2017 law that requires Chinese companies to collaborate with the central regime on national security issues.

The two national spy agencies of Canada were divided on huawei, with one favoring the veto of 5G wireless networks while the other ensured the risk could be mitigated. the Canadian Intelligence and Security Service And the one of Communications Security had the task of assessing the risks and costs for the country’s telecommunications and for the users of the exclusion huawei.

The Chinese company has already been barred from participating in government tenders and contracts as well as supplying key networking equipment such as routers and switches.

(With information from the AP and AFP).-

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