Canadian Government Announces Intention to Ban Huawei, ZTE Equipment
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Comments

The Canadian government released a policy statement saying that it intends to ban equipment from Huawei and ZTE in the country.

In the policy statement, the government noted the importance of 5G and other wireless technology to the country and said that it has serious concerns about the ZTE and Huawei and their connections to foreign governments. It also noted that other countries had taken action against the two companies because of similar concerns.

“Like our allies, Canada believes that evolving international supply chain dynamics have further implications due to growing restrictions on access to certain components,” the policy statement said. “Shifts from well-known inputs to others have implications for Canada’s ability to conduct assurance testing. This changing supply chain environment toward other components will make it increasingly difficult for Canada to maintain a high level of assurance testing for certain network equipment from a number of potential suppliers.”

Specifically, the Canadian government intends to prohibit the use of new 5G equipment and managed services from both companies and require the removal or termination of that equipment and services by June 28, 2024. Additionally, the government is also banning the use of any new 4G equipment or managed services from the companies and requiring the removal or termination of that equipment and services by December 31, 2027.

The government also said it expects telecommunications providers to cease procurement of new 4G or 5G equipment, as well as any associated services by September 1. Finally, the government said it also plans to add further restrictions on gigabit passive optical network (GPON) equipment that is used in fiber-optic networks.

Find the full policy statement here.

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On 6/1/22, Jack Macobs said:
This is not security concerns its purely political operations. Shame on you---Canada


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