U.S. Senators Warn Trudeau of Dealings With Huawei

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Following Australia’s recent decision to exclude Huawei from its 5G rollout, Senators Marco Rubio (R, FL) and Mark Warner (D, VA) advised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban the company from participating in Canada’s 5G deployment, reports ZDNet.com.  

Huawei came under fire earlier this year in the U.S., when President Trump cited the Chinese company as a potential security risk. The Senators cautioned, “While Canada has strong telecommunications security safeguards in place, we have serious concerns that such safeguards are inadequate given what the United States and other allies know about Huawei.” 

Australia banned both Huawei and ZTE, noting similar concerns.  Huawei fired back, saying, “The Australian government’s decision to block Huawei from Australia’s 5G market is politically motivated, not the result of a fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process. It is not aligned with the long-term interests of the Australian people, and denies Australian businesses and consumers the right to choose from the best communications technology available.”

Whether or not India and South Korea are including Huawei in their 5G plans is unclear.  While Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and Cisco are definitely on board, some reports indicated that Huawei is not a participant.  However, Huawei’s own press has announced, “Our collaboration with relevant departments and operators continues to proceed as normal. The government of India remains open and welcoming towards Huawei, and has been a fantastic source of support.”

October 17, 2018