US Senator Mark Warner (Democrat, Virginia) and Marco Rubio (R from Florida) have sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to keep Huawei’s technology and equipment out of Canada’s 5G network infrastructure.
The letter asked Trudeau to “reconsider” the use of Chinese manufacturers as suppliers of any part of Canada’s next-generation wireless network. Although US lawmakers have been wary about Huawei since 2012, Congress has said the company (and ZTE) poses a threat to US national security, and Canada’s cybersecurity center ignored the company’s warning last month.
“We write with great concern about the possibility that Canada will include Huawei Technologies or any other Chinese state-run telecommunications company in its 5G communications network infrastructure.”
“As you know, Huawei is no ordinary private sector company. There is ample evidence indicating that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and the Communist Party – and Huawei, which the Chinese government and military is promoting as a“ national hero, ”is no exception.
The letter states, “While Canada has strong telecommunications security guarantees, we have serious concerns that these safeguards are insufficient given what the United States and other allies know about Huawei.” Canada’s senators are warning against “reconsidering the inclusion of Huawei in any aspect of Canada’s 5G development, provision and maintenance”.
As part of the National Defense Authorization Act that was passed in August, the US government signed a law prohibiting domestic organizations from using services or devices manufactured by Huawei and ZTE. A week later, Australia began blocking Huawei and ZTE from expanding with 5G.
The letter also says: “We urge your government to request additional information from the US intelligence community,”
At the time of publication, neither Huawei nor the Prime Minister’s Office responded to requests for comment on global news.
We will make decisions based on facts, evidence, and what is in the interest of Canadians. ”
The Canadian 5G network is yet to be built. Innovation Minister Navdeep Baines said the country will sell 5G wireless spectrum in 2020, which means it will be operational by then.
Mr Navdeep Baines, Minister of Innovation, said Canada will auction the 5G wireless spectrum by 2020.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Baines said on Wednesday that the Canadian government will introduce a flagship wireless spectrum for 5G mobile networks in 2020.
“We believe this places us in a relatively strong position compared to our international peers,” Baines said before his speech at the Canadian Communications Summit in Toronto.
“We will still be ahead of Australia and Germany and we will be (among) the top five countries when it comes to making 5G spectrum available.
Industry players – particularly Telus – have called for an auction of 3,500MHz of spectrum in 2019 to keep pace with other countries as smartphone manufacturers highlight devices capable of using 5G networks.
Mobile 5G wireless technology is up to 100 times faster than 4G, which promises better internet on smartphones as well as potential applications for self-driving cars and other new technologies.
On Monday, Telus Corp.’s chief technology officer said: In front of the conference, Canadian consumers will be at a disadvantage if the government postpones the contract for the 3,500MHz spectrum auction that will help support 5G technology until 2020.
Ibrahim Gideon, CTO of Telus, predicted in an interview after his speech on Monday, “You, as a Canadian, will not be able to use the latest Samsung phones, the latest LG phones, the latest Huawei phones, or even the latest iPhones, until 2021.” .
But Baines said on Wednesday that his department believes 2020 will be close enough to hold a spectrum auction.
He also noted that his administration has already announced an auction for the 600MHz spectrum in 2019 – which Baines says has 5G capabilities – and that in 2021 it will auction the millimeter-wave spectrum suitable for 5G networks.
He said the government’s schedule will ensure that spectrum is available friendly to 5G to meet consumer demand for the high-speed mobile phone networks that major carriers in Canada are already putting in place.
“What we want to do is have an appropriate plan in place when it comes to spectrum deployment,” Baines told reporters after his speech.
“That’s why we’ve provided a five-year outlook, to provide predictability for companies.”
He said companies will be responsible for making strategic decisions about how they take out 5G technology, and what adjustments they need to make.
“The guiding principle for us is more competition … We basically believe more competition will lead to lower prices.”
Bains acknowledged that Canada has some of the most expensive telecom prices in the world, but said there was evidence that wireless prices were generally low in the regions.