The government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decided to ban Chinese technology company Huawei from entering the country’s 5G cellular network.
“Today we announced our intention to ban the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications systems. This was done after a full review by our security services and after we consulted with our closest allies,” said Canadian Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne.
“We will always protect the safety and security of Canadians and will take whatever action is necessary to ensure the security of our telecommunications infrastructure.”
The development of 5G, or fifth-generation networks, will enable faster online connections and provide massive data capacity to meet the growing demand as more things are connected to the Internet and innovations such as virtual reality, immersive gaming and autonomous vehicles develop.
The United States has long pressured the Trudeau administration to ban Huawei’s role in building the country’s 5G infrastructure, to prevent China from spying on Canadians more easily.
Huawei is the largest global supplier of network equipment to telephone and Internet companies. Huawei has become a symbol of China’s progress in becoming a tech world power – and the subject of America’s security and law enforcement concerns.
Some analysts say the Chinese company has violated international rules and norms and stolen technology. [lt/pp]