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Canada bans use of Chinese Huawei and ZTE products in the country


Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced that Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese telecommunications companies, will no longer be used in Canada.

Matti Blume
Matti Blume
According to reports, Ottawa will exclude Huawei from participating in the development of a national 5G communications network.

"The Canadian government is working to ensure that our telecommunications infrastructure is secure in the long run. The government will prevent Huawei and ZTE equipment and services from being used in the country's telecommunications systems as part of this strategy," the announcement reads.

Champagne stated that the government reached the decision to prohibit after a thorough study by independent security agencies and consultation with Canada's closest friends.

Companies in Canada that currently utilize Huawei and ZTE equipment will be required to remove it, according to the statement.

Because of worries about surveillance, Canada has become the fifth and most recent member of the intelligence alliance Five Eyes (which brings together the intelligence services of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).

source: cbc.ca