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Huawei 5G ban could spread further

Huawei 5G ban could spread further
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will reportedly be likely waiting until after the Canadian election in October to find out whether it will be there, too. Citing three sources, Reuters reported Monday the decision is tied to the Canadians who remain detained in China.

Huawei CFO in Canada at the request of the US over alleged Iran sanctions violations in early Dec. 2018. Beijing followed this by a week later.

Reuters says experts in Ottawa are currently investigating whether national security will be impacted by networks, including Huawei's involvement in them. Back in January, China had reportedly warned Canada that there would be repercussions if it was banned for 5G.

The office of Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale said it cannot comment on specific companies, but confirmed it is undertaking an examination of 5G technology and the security and economic implications.

"The government of Canada is carefully assessing the security challenges and potential threats involved in future 5G technology, while recognizing the potential this technology holds for Canadians," Minister Goodale's office told CNET in an emailed statement. "We will be taking appropriate decisions in due course. We will ensure that our networks are kept safe for Canadians."

, with President Donald Trump additionally signing an in light of national security concerns that . has that charge.

The US ban came more than six months after Huawei's 5G ban in Australia in August 2018, which also cited national security reasons.

Huawei is also facing a 10-count indictment in the US that alleges the company conspired to steal intellectual property from T-Mobile and subsequently obstructed justice, in addition to a separate 13-count indictment against the company and Meng Wanzhou.

First published at 12:32 p.m. PT on July 15.
Updated at 1:24 p.m. PT: adds statement from Minister Goodale's office.

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