Huawei technologies have once again hit the headlines. But this time it’s not good news for the Chinese company as it is going to be officially banned by the Government of Canada from its next-generation mobile networks, according to media reports. ZTE Corp 5G equipment will also face the ban, a Reuters report said, citing a source. The decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government was confirmed Thursday by a spokesman for Canada’s Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino.
An official announcement will be made by the government on telecommunications security at 4:15 p.m. ET (2015 GMT), the government said.
For years, the United States has pushed the Canadian government to deny Huawei any role in building the country’s 5G infrastructure. He said the company could make it easy for Beijing to spy on Canadians.
Canada will now join the rest of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network in banning the equipment. The network includes the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand.
The decision, which was expected, appears to have been delayed due to diplomatic tensions with China.
Huawei, which is one of the world’s largest network equipment vendors, has been a concern for security and law enforcement in the United States.
(With agency contributions)
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