Canada bans Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks • The Register

Canada bans Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks • The Register

The Canadian government has joined many of its allies in banning the use of Huawei and ZTE technology in its 5G networks, as part of a new telecommunications security framework.

“The Government is committed to maximizing the social and economic benefits of 5G and access to telecommunications services in general, but not at the expense of security”, fixed the Government of Canada.

Businesses using equipment or managed services from the two Chinese companies have until June 28, 2024 to stop operating or withdraw the equipment.

Canada has already excluded the two Chinese companies from the “sensitive areas” of Canada’s 3G, 4G and LTE networks. But by the end of 2027, all telcos must remove or cancel any existing 4G equipment and managed services from ZTE or Huawei. By September 1, 2022, companies will have to stop buying 4G and 5G equipment from the two Chinese companies.

Canada said it intends to impose restrictions on Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) equipment used in fiber optic networks in the future and that its security review program “will be expanded to consider the risks of all key vendors.” .

The decision to ban Huawei and ZTE came after a comprehensive review of 5G wireless technology and its implementation.

“In 5G systems, sensitive functions will be increasingly decentralized and virtualized to reduce latency, and the number of devices they will connect will also grow exponentially,” the government said.

It also said it had serious concerns about suppliers who “might be compelled to comply with extrajudicial instructions from foreign governments in ways that would conflict with Canadian law or be detrimental to Canadian interests.”

The government cited its allies with similar concerns. Canada is a member of the Five Eyes network along with the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The other four nations have already banned the team.

Huawei has long insisted that its products are safe, that it will abide by the laws of nations where it does business, and dismissed concerns about Beijing’s ability to influence the company.

Some critics of the measure say it is too little too late, such as Conservative Party MP Micheal Chong, who tweeted “It shouldn’t have taken more than 3 years for the Trudeau government to ban Huawei. David Vigneault, director of CSIS, publicly warned the government about the Huawei threat in early December 2018.”

Others have said the move places an undue burden on telcos, since they must pay to replace existing equipment.

But Canada has been in a sticky diplomatic situation with the Chinese government since it arrested and detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on a US extradition warrant.

China is believed to have held Canadian citizens Micheal Spavor and Micheal Kovrig on charges of endangering state security in retaliation. Meng, Kovrig, and Spavor were released from prison on September 24, 2021.

China’s technology expert and author of books including Tech war between the US and China Y parallel metaverses Nina Xiang said register Huawei “probably expected” the ban.

“Huawei is expanding into other fields and has lowered its 5G ambition. The Western alliance reduced that for them.”

Xiang said that Huawei will continue to enjoy strong demand for China’s domestic 5G networks as they continue to diversify their businesses.

“I think Huawei has some things that made them successful in the past and those things are still there and can be used to be successful in a different sector,” Xiang said, citing the smart home as an important and accessible target market for the company, because it uses “more mature” semiconductors based on 28nm or 45nm processes that Chinese chipmakers can easily produce.

“Cars is another field they are getting into and could be successful. I am optimistic about his ability to succeed.” ®

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