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Telus says it is under pressure to scrap Huawei 4G gear

by on17 June 2020

Government worried about spying

Canadian telecom operator Telus is being pressed by authorities to remove Huawei gear from its 4G infrastructure in the national capital region.

Telus had reached an understanding with the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development earlier to not use Huawei's equipment in the region, the report said. The commitment was voluntary and was never formalised, it added.

Most of Canada’s federal government offices are in the national capital region.

Earlier this month, Telus picked Nokia and Ericsson over Huawei as its 5G equipment supplier amid uncertainty over Huawei’s fate in the country.

Canada, which is reviewing security implications of 5G networks, is yet to decide whether to allow Huawei to provide equipment for the country’s telcos.

But the news that the government wants Telus to rip out 4G gear with the Huawei sticker could be unnecessarily costly.

Last modified on 17 June 2020
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