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Nearly eight months after it freed Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in a prisoner swap with China, Canada has announced that it would ban the use of products from telecommunications equipment vendors Huawei and ZTE in its 5G networks.

François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said in a statement on Thursday: "Today, the government of Canada is ensuring the long term safety of our telecommunications infrastructure.

"As part of that, the government intends to prohibit the inclusion of Huawei and ZTE products and services in Canada’s telecommunications systems.

“This follows a thorough review by our independent security agencies and in consultation with our closest allies.

“As a result, telecommunications companies that operate in Canada would no longer be permitted to make use of designated equipment or services provided by Huawei and ZTE.

"As well, companies that already use this equipment installed in their networks would be required to cease its use and remove it.

"The government intends to implement these measures as part of a broader agenda to promote the security of Canada’s telecommunications networks and in consultation with industry.

“Our government will always protect the safety and security of Canadians and will take any actions necessary to safeguard our critical telecommunications infrastructure.”

Meng was arrested in Toronto in December 2018, on a request by American authorities, with the reason being that she had allegedly violated US trade sanctions against Iran.

Meng is the deputy chairperson of Huawei's board and the daughter of the company's founder, Ren Zhengfei.

She was finally freed in a deal with the US. Two Canadian citizens, who were taken into custody by China, allegedly for spying, and also sentenced to prison terms, were freed and returned to their home country.

The US has been conducting a campaign for at least the last four years to get countries it considers allies to ban the use of Huawei equipment from their 5G networks.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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