Huawei said on Friday that the ban imposed by the government of Canada entering the country’s 5G networks is “an unfortunate political decision” that has nothing to do with the national security arguments put forward by Ottawa.
“Huawei Canada is disappointed by the Canadian government’s decision,” the company’s subsidiary said in an email to AFP.
“This is an unfortunate political decision that has nothing to do with cybersecurity or any of the technologies in question.”
The Chinese telecom giant claimed that its hardware and software have been “closely examined” by the Canadian government and its security agencies, and to date there have been “zero security incidents caused by Huawei equipment.”
Canadian Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne made the announcement on Thursday, citing Ottawa’s intention “to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications systems.”
Ottawa’s move follows in the footsteps of other allied countries that have directly banned or restricted Huawei.
The United States has warned of the security implications of giving Chinese tech companies access to telecommunications infrastructure as it could be used for state espionage.
Both Huawei and Beijing have rejected these accusations, while China has already warned countries that ban local telecommunications equipment providers of consequences.
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