Saturday, 16 October 2021

US Senators pushes Canada on Huawei 5G ban

NEW YORK: United States Senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner have reportedly told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban Huawei from taking part in deploying the nation’s 5G mobile networks.

According to a report by Reuters, Rubio and Warner cited “grave concerns” about using 5G equipment from the Chinese technology giant due to potential danger to US networks.

“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,” Rubio and Warner said in a letter to Trudeau.

Huawei declined to comment.

However, it last month denied similar reports that the Indian government had excluded it from taking part in joint 5G trials, saying it is currently proposing a set of solutions to support the government’s requirements for a nationwide 5G rollout.

“Huawei is an active participant in India’s growing 5G ecosystem,” Huawei told ZDNet.

“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.”

The Chinese technology giant added that its joint 5G tests with operators in India are “also moving forward according to plan”.

Huawei’s comments followed a report from ET Telecom saying India’s Department of Telecommunications has given the nod to Ericsson – which launched a 5G innovation lab in India in July – as well as Nokia, Samsung, and Cisco to work with the government in trialling 5G use cases across India, with Huawei and ZTE excluded from this list.

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