Canada’s decision on Huawei 5G gear due in ‘coming weeks’ -Trudeau

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OTTAWA, Sep 28 (Businesshala) – Canada’s decision to ban Huawei (HWT.UL) 5G gear, as have all other members of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network, is likely in the “coming” week,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

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His comments about the decision – which has been under study for nearly three years – were the first since Huawei Technologies Co Ltd chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was released from detention last week in Vancouver, where he nearly extradited to the United States. The battle was fought. three years.

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Two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who were arrested by Beijing shortly after Meng’s 2018 US warrant custody, left China within hours of Meng’s release and arrived in Canada on Saturday. He was accused of espionage.

The United States has pressured allies to ban Huawei from next-generation 5G networks on grounds that the devices could undermine communications security. The Five Eyes network includes Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

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So far, Canada has said it is waiting for a report from its intelligence services to make a final decision. Well-known sources, however, have said Canada had effectively blocked Huawei, but did not want to say so publicly for fear of harming the fate of the two detainees.

When asked about Huawei’s decision, Trudeau told reporters, “We continue to look and see different options, but we will no doubt have them in the coming weeks.” It was his first news conference since being re-elected to a minority government last week.

In June last year, Bell Canada (BCE.TO) and rival Telus Corp (T.TO) – the two largest wireless providers – teamed up with Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and Finland’s Nokia Oyj (NOKIA.HE). build out. The fifth generation (5G) telecommunications network, Huawei is leaving Huawei for the project despite using 4G gear.

Trudeau said, “We’ve actually seen that many Canadian telecommunications companies, if not all of them, have started removing Huawei from their networks and moving forward in ways that allow them to be incorporated as a company.” don’t.”

Canada’s decision is unlikely to come before it forms a new government. Trudeau said on Tuesday that he would take the oath of his new cabinet next month without giving a date.

Reporting by Steve Shire; Editing by Peter Cooney

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