Canada banned the two biggest telecom equipment makers in China - Huawei and ZTE - from working on its 5G phone networks. The restrictions were announced by the Industry Ministry of Canada due to safety and security concerns.
The restriction means that telecoms firms in the country will no longer be allowed to use equipment made by Huawei and ZTE. The restrictions will improve Canada's mobile internet services and "protect the safety and security of Canadians".
Several other nations - the UK, US, Australia, and New Zealand - have already put restrictions on these firms. These countries along with Canada, make up an intelligence-sharing arrangement named 'Five Eyes'.
Previously, in November 2021, the USA stops providing new telecom equipment licenses to the companies judged to be security threats. The US government banned Huawei, ZTE and three other Chinese companies from its telecom networks. It also warned that giving access to the Chinese tech companies to telecommunications infrastructure could be used for state espionage.
5G or fifth generation, is the next upgrade to 4G mobile internet networks, which offers much faster data download and upload speeds. The upgraded network allows more devices to simultaneously access the internet.