Date
13 November 2018
Canada should avoid the use of Huawei equipment in 5G telecoms networks, two influential US lawmakers wrote in a letter to the Canadian prime minister. Photo: Reuters
Canada should avoid the use of Huawei equipment in 5G telecoms networks, two influential US lawmakers wrote in a letter to the Canadian prime minister. Photo: Reuters

US lawmakers urge Canada to shun Huawei in 5G rollout

Two leading US lawmakers urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider dropping China’s Huawei Technologies from helping to build next-generation 5G telecoms networks, Reuters reports.

Senators Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, were quoted as saying on Friday that they have “grave concerns” about the prospects of Huawei equipment in Canada’s 5G infrastructure on the grounds that it would pose dangers for 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,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter to Trudeau.

Warner and Rubio are on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Huawei’s chips and equipment have faced skepticism in a number of developed countries, with Australia saying in August that it would ban Huawei from its 5G network.

Huawei criticized the Australian ban as “politically motivated.” The company has repeatedly denied engaging in intelligence work for any government.

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