Chinese tech giant Huawei loses on another front. Two of the three major telecommunication companies from Canada announced publicly that they’ve decided to go with the Swedish provider Ericsson for their next-generation 5G wireless network.
Bell Canada and Telus Corp made public that they will not go with Chinese tech giant Huawei. Bell Canada was the first to announce that Ericsson will be its supplier, shortly followed by Telus Corp, who said it will collaborate with Ericsson and Nokia for its 5G network. The other Canadian telecommunication company, Rogers, already has a longstanding partnership with Ericsson.
Canada’s Security Agencies have been investigating the use of equipment made by Huawei in its national network for some time now. The examination is due to the switch to the new 5G network, Huawei being the world’s biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies. The 5G network is designed to hold a broad expansion of networks to aid medical devices, self-driving cars, and a slew of other network-connected technologies.
The U.S. also warned Canada about a possible link between Huawei and China’s military and urged the neighboring country to exclude Huawei equipment from their next-generation wireless networks.
Alykhan Velshi, Huawei spokesman declared:
“We look forward to the federal government completing its 5G review and making an evidence-based decision about Huawei’s role in helping build Canada’s next-generation wireless networks,”
This comes amid a large political dispute between China and Canada. The CCP’s imprisonment of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor is viewed as retribution for the arrest in Canada of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant.