Huawei and ZTE 5G Equipment Will Be Prohibited in Canada
The Canadian government has decided to ban Huawei and ZTE from its 5G wireless network. This decision is symbolic rather than concrete. Other countries have already banned Huawei and ZTE, so the Trudeau government’s move may be more symbolic than meaningful. However, major telecom players have already made decisions in anticipation of such a ban. Industry Minister Marc Champagne acknowledged that the vast majority of Canadian 5G networks would not include either company’s equipment.
Ban on Huawei and ZTE 5G equipment
The ban on Huawei and ZTE 5G equipment in the United States has caused a political stir in Canada. The government recently announced legislation to protect critical infrastructure. The Canadian government was a little slower to respond to the move than some in the US because of tense bilateral ties. The Trudeau government is trying to repair its relationship with Beijing and a ban on Huawei and ZTE equipment will likely only exacerbate the problem.
While Canadian telcos will be prohibited from purchasing new equipment from Huawei and ZTE, they are required to remove existing ZTE and Chinese-made 5G gear by the end of 2027. Canada’s government is committed to maximizing the economic, social, and accessibility benefits of 5G. In a statement, the government defended its decision, saying it was necessary to protect the interests of Canadian citizens.
The Chinese government has strongly opposed Canada’s move to ban Huawei and ZTE 5G equipment. Beijing views the ban as a form of political manipulation and has accused the Canadian government of coordinating with the U.S. government to suppress Chinese companies. Beijing will not compromise on the decision and will take necessary measures to protect its legitimate interests. However, the Canadian government is unsure whether or not this decision will have an impact on China’s telecommunications industry.
Despite the recent controversy over the company’s technology, Huawei and ZTE have long operated in Canada and are among the most popular suppliers of 5G equipment in the world. The company’s annual reports don’t mention how much business Huawei does in Canada, but the Canadian government has stated that the ban was necessary because Meng Wanzhou is under investigation in China. The Canadian government did not want to risk the safety of her family.
The Canadian government launched its national security review on telecommunications three years ago, before the Chinese authorities arrested Kovrig and Spavor. While the US and the UK have a ban on Huawei equipment, Canada was the only Five Eyes member country to move forward with this decision. As the leader of the Five Eyes alliance, Canada is now one step ahead of the U.S. in the fight against cybercrime.
Following the lead of their fellow Five Eyes intelligence sharing network, the Canadian government is planning to ban Huawei and ZTE from 5G wireless networks. While a ban would be symbolic, companies are already making plans to upgrade their systems with newer equipment. The ban will last for five years and will prevent telecommunication companies from installing and using Huawei and ZTE equipment in the country. While it may be symbolic, it could lead to a resurgence of tense relations between Canada and China.
While the Canadian government is trying to protect its citizens and their privacy, it is also concerned about national security. Huawei has been accused of putting backdoors in its products, and has been linked to Chinese military and government. As a result, it is important to be careful with which 5G equipment you buy. If you plan on using Huawei and ZTE, make sure to read the fine print. This will help protect you from getting a nasty surprise.
Ban on new purchases of Huawei equipment
The announcement from the Canadian government is a huge step in the right direction, but it is far from enough. Most of the government’s decision to ban new Huawei purchases in Canada is about how the company is being viewed in China. While Huawei has a huge amount of employees in Canada, two-thirds of them are engaged in research. The company is also developing 5G networks, which will provide faster internet connections and massive amounts of data capacity. They’ll meet the ravenous demand for internet access as more objects are linked to the internet. They’ll also enable innovation like virtual reality, immersive gaming, and autonomous vehicles.
The government of Canada has banned Huawei and ZTE equipment from 5G networks in order to protect national security. Although critics have said that this decision is long overdue, Canadian officials are aligning with their Five Eyes intelligence networks. The United States and other Five Eyes nations have also banned Huawei and ZTE equipment from their 5G networks. Now, Canadian companies have until June 28 to remove the equipment from their networks.
The company’s ban on new purchases in Canada follows a recent Chinese government warning. Canada has been one of China’s largest suppliers of network gear, and its products have been a symbol of its progress as a technological world power. But some governments are still wary about the company. Canada recently completed a high-stakes prisoner swap with China, but it’s not clear whether the ban will hold.
Although the ban on new purchases of Huawei equipment is not a complete ban, Ottawa is cautioning companies to be cautious and judicious about buying Huawei equipment based on the latest allegations. It’s unclear what exactly this decision will mean for the Canadian government. It’s possible that the Chinese government may use the company’s equipment to hack into 5G networks, but Ottawa has not said yet. While the US and Canada are both pursuing a peaceful resolution, it may be wise to avoid this type of conflict.
Before the federal government announced the ban on Huawei equipment in Canada, some Canadian wireless providers had planned to partner with the company but later withdrew from their partnerships with it. Telus and BCE Inc. are now working with Sweden-based Ericsson to supply their 5G networks, but Bell has not yet begun switching over its equipment. Analysts have estimated that switching over to Nokia and Ericsson equipment would cost the companies about $200 million over three to five years.
In the fall of 2018, Canada began a formal review of the company’s role in 5G networks. At that time, senior security officials told lawmakers that Canada had safeguards in place to deal with cybersecurity risks associated with Huawei’s equipment. But despite the precautions, the country has also been caught up in a U.S.-China crisis. In September, two Canadians were detained in China and released. The government said the detentions were retaliation for its role in arresting Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou at the behest of U.S. authorities.
Ban on new purchases of ZTE equipment
A Commerce Department executive order could block American carriers from making new purchases of ZTE equipment. The order does not require congressional approval and would target only cell towers. It could take up to eight months to be considered. The sanctions on ZTE were devastating for the company, which was heavily lobbied by the US government. The order is based on the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019.
The United States and UK government have warned their citizens against using ZTE equipment in their networks. Although Huawei maintains that it is not beholden to the Chinese government, the United States has banned the company’s equipment from telecommunications networks in the U.S. for seven years. Telus Corp. and BCE Inc. must remove the equipment by 2027. If they do not comply, they will not receive any compensation.
The US government has placed Huawei and ZTE on its list of national security threats, preventing federal agencies from buying their equipment from the Chinese firms. These companies are subject to Chinese laws and intelligence services and could be forced to comply with those demands, putting the data of American citizens at risk. A House inquiry has labeled ZTE and Huawei a national security threat, but both companies have denied the allegations. It is unclear what the impact will be on the companies’ ability to provide service in the US.
The ban on new purchases of ZTE equipment does not include existing contracts with Canadian companies. However, it does bar foreign governments from entering into contracts with these companies. Canada wants to work with the United States in suppressing Chinese companies. The government of Canada hopes that China will review its reasoning and take appropriate steps to protect its own companies. However, if it is forced to ban new purchases, the government will be left with no choice but to stop selling ZTE equipment and technology to the United States.
While the ban on new purchases of ZTE equipment does not apply to Huawei and other Chinese companies, rural wireless internet providers will need assistance from the government to replace their equipment. These companies serve rural America and operate with small teams on tight budgets. The president of the rural wireless association, Steven Berry, said this was akin to a plane in mid-flight. The company was unable to continue providing service to rural Americans without the help of government funds.
In addition to this ban, Canadian carriers are already looking to other manufacturers for 5G network equipment. Many rural providers are relying on ZTE equipment for their networks, and the ban on new purchases could lead to further economic recovery in the rural communities. However, the U.S. government has made no final decision regarding the matter. While a ban on new ZTE equipment may be a temporary measure, the consequences of Huawei’s monopoly continue to be far reaching.