Huawei Canada has reaffirmed that it’s never had any past issues in the country.
According to a new report from the Financial Post, Huawei Canada’s chief security officer said the company’s record in the country shows the China-based tech firm can be trusted to supply the country’s fifth-generation wireless networks.
“We did not have a single issue, not once, over the last 10 years in Canada,” chief security officer Olivera Zatezalo said in an interview Tuesday.
Zatezalo made the comments at Huawei’s Canadian headquarters, hoping to reaffirm the company’s long-term commitment to building a 5G network in the country.
Huawei is currently under investigation by the Canadian government, and Zatezalo said that Canadians should “trust their own government’s expertise in network security and its experience working with Huawei.”
The Huawei Canada executive said that she is in regular contact with Canada’s security agencies investigating the Chinese firm’s viability as a 5G network tech provider, but isn’t sure whether the conclusion will fall in Huawei’s favour.
The comments were made in light of the United States casting Huawei as a national security threat, alleging that its technology can be accessed by Chinese intelligence, and has asked U.S. allies to institute a ban on its products. The U.S. believes the company’s alleged links to the Chinese government mean there is a significant risk of backdoors that could be used to facilitate state-sponsored espionage.
Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming the US has absolutely no evidence to support them. Despite this, Washington has urged its allies to ditch Huawei from their communications infrastructure.
Ottawa is set to publish a report in the next several weeks that will outline its verdict on the role Huawei can play in the country’s 5G network.