The country will be banned from buying Huawei and ZTE products from September, and Canadian carriers will have to remove existing devices from their systems within two years.
Chinese companies interested in building telecoms networks are being pushed away from another major economy after the Canadian government banned the use of Huawei and ZTE technology in 5G networks. With this justified restriction on the grounds of national security, Canada would have completed the “blockade” of the Anglo-Saxon countries (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand).
Companies using managed equipment or services from the two Chinese companies will have to get rid of them by the summer of 2024, but from September 1 of this year, it will not be possible to purchase equipment used in 4G or 5G networks from relevant Chinese suppliers.
Canada also said it intends to impose restrictions on passive optical network (GPON) equipment used in fiber optic networks in the future and will “extend its security audit program to cover risks from all major suppliers”.
No one is surprised
In fact, the above-mentioned measures did not surprise any of the parties involved. The Chinese government responded with the letter of the sword used in previous similar cases. Behind this move, which is classified as political manipulation, Beijing clearly sees the emergence of US efforts to weaken Chinese economic actors.
In its official comment, Huawei expressed its frustration, but at the same time they expected such a decision. A company spokesperson said it was surprising that he expected so much for himself. At the same time, Huawei once again denied any allegations that its assets will be used for spying or that the Chinese government will have free access to the data in its systems.
The ban is no longer unexpected simply because Canada’s largest telecom operator decided two years ago not to rely on Chinese suppliers to develop the latest 5G network infrastructure. Behind the decision then and now is the decision of the alliance of secret services, referred to as the Five Eyes, which was adopted in 2018. The intelligence services of the five Anglo-Saxon countries had already agreed to take joint action against Chinese manufacturers (especially Huawei) because they realized that the use of its devices in telecommunications networks represents a security risk. Politicians in all countries eventually took the intelligence advice, but only in Canada did it take a little longer.
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