In Canada, Europeans Nokia and Ericsson in the spotlight for 5G at the expense of Huawei – L'Usine Digitale

Two of Canada's largest telecommunications operators, Bell Canada and Telus Corps, prefer Ericsson and Nokia to the Chinese company Huwaei to develop their 5G networks in the country. An announcement made Tuesday, June 2, 2020 which will undoubtedly facilitate the decision of the Canadian government to authorize or not the use of Huawei equipment for the establishment of 5G.

A more expensive choice

Bell claimed that Ericsson "provide radio access network (RAN) equipmentThe Canadian telecom operator, which had already chosen the European company for the previous generation of 4G LTE wireless network, recalls that Ericsson has already concluded 92 commercial agreements relating to this 5G technology. Telus, for its part, has established partnerships with Ericsson and Nokia for its 5G equipment The other telecoms operator dominating the Canadian market, Rogers Communications, had already announced that it had come closer to Ericsson, recalls Reuters.

Meng Wanzhou May Be Extradited

An announcement comes a few days after the Canadian justice system ruled in favor of the continuation of the extradition procedure of Meng Wanzhou, the financial director of Huawei, to the United States. Arrested at the request of the United States in Vancouver in December 2018, Meng Wanzhou is accused of bank fraud.

The government has yet to make an official decision whether or not to authorize the use of Huawei equipment for 5G networks. Canada has been studying the implications for security and sovereignty for almost two years. These issues are strongly put forward by the United States, which has banished Chinese business and is pushing its allies to do the same. The United Kingdom is also working on a plan that would lead to the outright ban of Huawei 5G equipment by 2023 even when in January last it took a more moderate position on this subject.

Faced with this indecision, Canadian companies have chosen security by turning to Nokia and Ericsson. A choice which is however more expensive, even if none gives a precise figure on this additional cost.

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