During the US-China trade war in 2019, the Trump administration issued an order prohibiting Huawei from acquiring and delivering 5G equipment to network operators in the nation.
The United States was concerned that the corporation was spying for the Chinese government, prompting this action. Later, the United Kingdom enacted a similar regulation prohibiting the Shenzhen-based firm from supplying components for its 5G network.
Due to security concerns, the Canadian government has banned Huaweis and ZTE, another Chinese state-owned corporation, from providing 5G networking hardware almost two years later.
The Canadian government said in its announcement that it has “severe concerns” about suppliers like Huawei and ZTE being forced to comply with extrajudicial directives from foreign governments in ways that violate Canadian laws or harm Canadian interests.
As a result, the government has banned all Canadian operators from deploying new 4G and 5G hardware from the two businesses for the sake of national security. By June 28, 2024, and December 31, 2027, respectively, all current Huawei and ZTE gear for 5G and 4G networks must be destroyed.
Carriers have been required to stop developing new 4G or 5G technology and services from the two businesses by September of this year.
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Because Bell and Telus had already stopped utilizing Huawei 5G network infrastructure in anticipation of a ban, the decision is unlikely to have a significant impact on them in the near future.
These requirements will be implemented by the Canadian government as part of its new telecommunications security framework, for which the Telecommunications Act will be amended soon.
The Chinese embassy in Canada said in a statement to Bloomberg that the decision violated free trade principles and that “China would take all necessary steps to protect the interests of Chinese companies.”
The move comes after Canada freed Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in September of last year, after the country detained her in response to a US extradition request in 2018. China retaliated by detaining two Canadians who had been released the previous year.
Until today, Canada was the only member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, which includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, that has not prohibited the use of Huawei and ZTE 5G devices.
Also Barred From Supplying 4G and 5G Networking Equipment are ZTE and Huawei while going longer than any of the Five Eyes to ban Huawei and ZTE, Canada has gone even further by ordering carriers to remove LTE equipment from suppliers by the start of 2028.
Canada has followed the lead of its Five Eyes partners in banning Huawei and ZTE from its telecommunications networks. “The Canadian government is working to ensure the long-term security of our communications infrastructure.
The government aims to restrict Huawei and ZTE goods and services from being used in Canada’s telecommunications systems as part of this” François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, stated.
From the beginning of September, Canadian telcos will be prohibited from purchasing any new 5G or 4G equipment or managed services from them, and will have until June 28, 2024, to rip out any existing 5G equipment, and until the end of 2027, to rip out any existing LTE equipment.
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