China‘s Huawei has always denied it has military links and engages in espionage
10 October 2012 Last updated at 06:23 GMT
Canada did not name any firms, but there is speculation the move may be targeted at China’s Huawei.
Questions have been raised about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese military, something the firm denies.
On Monday, a US panel said that Huawei posed a security threat to the country.
The panel also recommended that equipment or parts made by Huawei and another Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, ZTE, should not be used by government contractors.
Canada‘s decision comes amid fears that sensitive communications networks could be used to collect the information and data they transmit.
“The government’s 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,” said Andrew MacDougall, spokesman for Canada’s prime minister.
Huawei is fully incorporated in Canada, and operates as a subsidiary Canadian company. This alone effectively enables us to bid on any potential procurement opportunities”
Scott Bradley Huawei Technologies Canada Co Ltd
“I’ll leave it to you if you think…Huawei should be a part of a Canadian government security system,” Mr MacDougall was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.
Huawei is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of telecom networking equipment and operates in almost 150 countries.
It has spent the early part of this week reacting to the US claims and allegations, trying to limit the report’s impact on its global business operations.
Scott Bradley, a spokesman for Huawei Technologies Canada Co Ltd, said the Canadian government’s latest move was unlikely to cause it problems.
“The national security exception only applies to foreign companies,” he was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.
“Huawei is fully incorporated in Canada, and operates as a subsidiary Canadian company. This alone effectively enables us to bid on any potential procurement opportunities.”
- Canada considers Chinese firm Huawei a national security threat (thedroidguy.com)
- Huawi faces exclusion from planned Canada government network (news.yahoo.com)
- Huawei may face exclusion from planned Canada network (radionz.co.nz)
- SaskTel doing business with controversial Chinese firm (cbc.ca)
- Canada falls out with Huawei (news.techeye.net)
- Canada ‘at risk’ from Chinese firm, U.S. warns (cbc.ca)
- CORRECTED-Huawei faces exclusion from planned Canada government network (uk.reuters.com)
- Canada may bar Huawei from telecom network (news.com.au)