Canada could ban Huawei products due to worries about security

Canada could ban Huawei products due to worries about security
Just the other day, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence suggested that U.S. companies worried about the influence of the Chinese government on Chinese firms ZTE and Huawei switch to other vendors. Besides making mostly entry-level smartphones (both are now looking to enter the high-end market), the pair also manufacture equipment for telecom firms such as routers and switching equipment. The fear, of course, is that the Chinese government is using both companies to spy on the United States. Of course, both companies denied the allegations.

The Huawei Ascend

The Huawei Ascend

Worries about espionage don't stop with the U.S. as Canada is considering a ban on Huawei products. The country is planning on building out a secure network that would carry government calls, emails and data services. Huawei was being considered by Canada to be a vendor for the project, but the country is now considering not allowing Huawei to take part in the building out of the network. The U.S House Intelligence committee has warned Canadian firms not to do business with Huawei. The committee added that Huawei equipment in place currently could be used to spy on communications and threaten critical systems using computerized links.

Huawei does have a good history in Canada, having won contracts in 2008 to build networks for Canadian carriers Telus and Bell. The Canadian government was so impressed with Huawei that Ontario awarded the company a $6.6 billion USD grant toward a $67 billion R&D project. Despite this past history, the alleged connection between the Chinese government and Huawei just might be too much for Canada to overlook. And just as fear of the Chinese government's influence on Huawei started in the U.S., we could see other countries attempt to ban ZTE and Huawei equipment.

source: SlashGear

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25 Comments

1. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Canadian secure government network???? Way to go canada, for not supporting the home team .... RIM and blackberry.... you could have salvaged you own tech firm......

3. e.wvu unregistered

Some messiah you are, not knowing that the RIM and BB are the same.

2. tprince1225

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

RIM and Blackberry are the same thing...

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

RIM is the company BB is the product. Not the same

5. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Whats the Chinese gonna do with Intel on the Canadians? Call in airstrike on the Igloos?

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What will US and Canada do when China closes their gate on them? I think US and Canada are trying to let go of China since they are already stable on their own...clowns!!!

7. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Lol.... we are our way to do thing..... if it is threat out way of life then it got to go.

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

for security? BlackBerry!! and Canada is the home of that company!

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

WTF is wrong with A-Rod? 300 million dollar bust, jeter shoulda got that money

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Lol ...Im very sure that the chinese may be listening to conversations of how to make maple syrup

16. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I don't blame US and Canadian gov...most of cyber attacks to the US comes from China so is no brainer.... !!!!!!

21. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

For security reason? We are here in Indonesia, dominated by RIM BB, and used to calls, emails, sms for government purpose. And all datas saved directly to RIM's BB server. So Canada had Indonesian Government datas if someone in their server had manage to accessed the data storage. So, do you think it is better for Indonesia to ban RIM BB so there is no way for Canadian to spy on Indonesia's Government? So biased intelligence... can we called them Dumbelligence?

24. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Exactly Asia should ban RIM. India already threatened them but seems they got away by paying some green money :)

23. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Hmmm countries which allow walmart, mosanto should also ban them going by the influence that politicians have on these companies. After all didn;t baxter release live virus just because some politician held shares of company that made tamiflu?

25. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

The US doesn't want China spying on Canada. The US wants Canada to buy US company equipment so that the US can spy on Canada instead.

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