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Canada to ban Huawei and ZTE from 5G network

2022-05-20 17:39 by
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Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE will be banned from Canada's high-speed 5G networks, Canadian government officials said on Thursday. The decision was widely expected, though it had been delayed amid diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Ottawa.

"The government of Canada is ensuring the long term safety of our telecommunications infrastructure. As part of that, the government intends to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada's telecommunications systems," Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Francois-Philippe Champagne said.

"As a result, telecommunications companies that operate in Canada would no longer be permitted to make use of designated equipment or services provided by Huawei and ZTE. As well, companies that already use this equipment installed in their networks would be required to cease its use and remove it."

Champagne added that companies will be required to remove their 5G gear by June 2024 and would not be reimbursed. Companies using Huawei 4G equipment must be removed by the end of 2027.

The federal government says it will be tabling legislation "in the very short term" that will make amendments to the Telecommunications Act that they say will shore up Canada's telecommunication system against national security risks in the finance, telecommunications, energy and transport sectors.

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