Canada to ban 5G equipment from Huawei and ZTE

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada said on Thursday it plans to ban the use of 5G equipment made by Chinese groups Huawei Technologies and ZTE to protect its national security, emulating the US and UK.

“Suppliers who have already installed this equipment will be forced to stop using it and recall it,” Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne told reporters when announcing the measures.

This Ottawa decision, which was expected, was delayed due to diplomatic tensions with Beijing.

In September 2018, the Government of Canada announced that it would investigate possible national security threats related to the use of Huawei equipment.

(Report by David Lynggren with Ismail Shakil, written by Steve Scherer; French version by Jean Tertian)

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