US senators request Canada not to opt for Huawei at 5g

Oct

15

2018

Two American senators have sent a letter to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking Canada to exclude Chinese manufacturer Huawei from his plans for the construction of a 5G network. Huawei would not be separate from the Chinese government.

In the letter Senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner write that Huawei is not a normal business in the private sector and that there is ‘rich evidence available’ showing that ‘no Chinese company can function independently of the Chinese government and the Communist Party’. Senators therefore find it troubling that the director of the Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security is of the opinion that there is no reason to keep Huawei away from developing its 5G network. They quote the director, who would have said that Canada has a close relationship with telecom companies, in which it would differ from most other countries.

Furthermore, the authors of the letter refer to three Canadian security officials who had previously warned about allowing Huawei. They express concern that Canada’s decision will also have negative consequences for the other four countries in the so-called Five Eyes alliance in intelligence, which includes Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand alongside Canada.

Australia has decided not to let Huawei and ZTE sell network equipment to telecom providers, for fear that the Chinese government will gain access to its telecom networks. In their letter, the senators also refer to this development, as well as to a British report in July that discusses the risks of using Huawei equipment. In the US, Huawei and ZTE are also not allowed to supply equipment.

Huawei supplies a lot of equipment for providers in the Benelux. For example, the Chinese company manages the entire mobile network for T-Mobile and other providers in the Benelux also do business with the supplier. In the Netherlands, the reporting of the American measures led to parliamentary questions . In answering this question, Minister Grapperhaus stated that the Netherlands ‘will make an independent assessment’. He did not want to anticipate ‘possible future measures’. No answer has yet been published to additional parliamentary questions on this subject.

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