US senators push Canada to ban Huawei2018-10-15 17:29 by Daniela
US senators have sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau advocating for the exclusion of Huawei from the country's 5G plans. The lawmakers warned Trudeau to "reconsider Huawei's inclusion in any aspect of Canada's 5G development, introduction, and maintenance," due to security concerns and links to the Chinese government.
The Canadian government hasn't formally responded to the letter, but it's not likely to bow easily to the pressure. The head of the country's Center for Cyber Security, Scott Jones, told a parliamentary committee that there was no need to ban Huawei because it had a "very advanced relationship" with telecoms and was committed to "broader resilience" against security issues.
The U.S. concerns about Huawei and ZTE are based on their alleged ties to the Chinese government. There have been rumors that devices and equipment made by Huawei and ZTE spy on U.S. businesses and consumers on behalf of Beijing. Both firms have denied this. Still, earlier this year the U.S. government reportedly whispered in the ears of AT&T and Verizon, scuttling the carriers efforts to carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
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