TORONTO (AP) – Two of Canada’s three largest telecommunications companies announced on Tuesday that they have decided not to use Chinese technology giant Huawei for their next-generation 5G wireless network.
Bell Canada announced that Swedish-based Ericsson will be its supplier and Telus Corp. later announced that it had also selected Ericsson and Nokia. Rogers already has a long-term partnership with Ericsson.
Canada and its security agencies have investigated whether Huawei equipment should be used as a telephone company to roll out fifth-generation technology. 5G is designed to support a massive expansion of networks to enable medical equipment, self-driving cars and other technology.
Huawei is the world’s largest provider of network equipment used by telephone and internet companies, but has long been seen as a front for espionage by the Chinese military and its highly skilled security services.
The United States has urged Canada to exclude Huawei equipment from its next generation wireless networks, alleging that Huawei has a legal obligation to the Chinese regime. The United States and Australia have banned Huawei for being concerned that it is a body of China’s military intelligence agency – a charge the company denies.
“We look forward to the Federal Government completing its 5G assessment and making an evidence-based decision on Huawei’s role in helping build the next generation of wireless networks in Canada,” Huawei spokesman Alykhan Velshi said in an email. mail.
The Canadian government is studying the use of Huawei, as Canada and China are caught in a political dispute. China’s imprisonment of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor is widely considered in retaliation for the arrest in Canada of Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou under an American extradition warrant. A Canadian judge last week ruled that the U.S. extradition case against a senior Huawei CEO could proceed to the next stage.
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