Canada may Exclude Huawei From Government Network10-10 14:21 Caijing
The Canadian government has strongly hinted that it may exclude China's leading telecom supplier Huawei from planned government network due to security concerns, reports BBC.
"The government is going to be choosing carefully in the construction of this network, and it has invoked the national security exception for the building of this network," Andrew Mac Dougall, spokesman for the Conservative prime minister, was quoted as saying.
His speech was a response to Monday's report by a US congressional committee, according to BBC, which ruled that Chinese telecom suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE posed a threat to U.S. national security, and U.S. companies should shied from trade links with the Chinese companies.
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers was also reported urging Canadian companies to cut business ties with Huawei.
The recommendation was supported by David Skillicorn, Internet security expert at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He said the Canadian government should revisit its decision to let it operate in Canada.
Huawei has been in a cyclical uptrend in recent years. In 2008, it won a contract to build networks for Canadian carrier Telus and Bell. The company was even awarded a $68 million worth of research funding from Ontario.
Canada has invoked a national security exception to let it discriminate, without violating international trade obligations, against companies deemed as too risky to be involved in putting together the network for carrying government phone calls, emails and data center services, Reuters said, quoting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Huawei was also banned from helping to build a $38 billion worth of national network program by Australian government not long before.
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