CANADA is likely to close its doors on Chinese telecoms hardware firm Huawei, as it joins a North American duet of concerns about backdoors and spying.
Both Huawei and ZTE have been labeled as threats to US national security in an investigation by the US House of Representatives this month, though both have denied this. This hasn't stopped US neighbour Canada from clutching its kilt and hopping onto a chair though.
"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," Andrew MacDougall, spokesman for the prime minister said to Reuters in relation to talks about the building of a secure network in the country.
"I'll leave it to you if you think... Huawei should be a part of a Canadian government security system."
We have asked Huawei to comment on this. In the past when we have spoken to it about similar concerns it has denied the existence of backdoors, and said that it is a transparent company with nothing to hide.
"As part of our commitment to openness, transparency, and cooperation, Huawei has participated fully and openly throughout the nearly year-long Committee investigation process, including attending this week's hearing. At the hearing, Huawei outlined its open and transparent global security assurance system and industry-leading practices in cyber security. The Committee also heard that Huawei has never jeopardized the national security of the US," it said in a statement in September.
"Huawei looks forward to further championing global industry standards and universal security assurance solutions that will better secure the world's telecommunications networks. We will also continue to promote greater understanding of our company and to enhance the dialogue about the urgent actions that governments and companies internationally must take jointly to address global cyber-security challenges." µ