The development of 5G or fifth-generation networks will provide people with faster online connections and ample data capacity to meet extreme demand as more things connect to the internet and innovations such as virtual reality, immersive gaming and autonomous vehicles emerge.
The US has long pressured the Trudeau government to deny Huawei’s role in building the country’s 5G infrastructure, saying it would allow Beijing to spy on Canadians more easily.
The move was confirmed on Thursday by a spokesperson for Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino.
Huawei is the largest global supplier of networking hardware for telephony and internet companies. It has become a symbol of China’s progress towards becoming a technological world power and a subject of US security and law enforcement concerns. Some analysts say Chinese companies are breaking international rules and norms and stealing technology.
China, the US and Canada completed a high-stakes prisoner swap last year involving a senior executive from Huawei accused of fraud. China imprisoned two Canadians shortly after Canada arrested Huawei Technologies’ financial director and daughter of the company’s founder, Meng Wanzhou, at a US extradition request.
Many countries described China’s action as “hostage policy”, while China described the accusations against Huawei and Meng as a politically motivated attempt to hinder China’s economic and technological development.
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