OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is the only member of the elite intelligence-sharing network will have to decide whether or not to use Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd 5G technology, on Tuesday said it is examining Britain’s decision not to ban the Chinese telecommunications giant in the West, to the next generation of communications.
FILE PHOTO: An attendee wears a badge, and I have the logo of Huawei and it is a sign to 5G in the World of 5G, an Exhibition in Beijing, China, 22 November, 2019 at the latest. (REUTERS photo/Jason Lee/File Photo
Great britain has announced that the company will have a limited role in 5G mobile networks, as opposed to the pressure from Washington. Huawei’s involvement will be limited to 35%, and it is going to be excluded from the sensitive core, which is where the data is to be processed.
“These are the solutions that are being investigated,” the Innovation Minister, Navdeep Bains, told reporters when asked about the Britain’s steps.
“I’m not going to jump to a conclusion as to what that solution may look like vis-a-vis the core and non-core assets.”
Already, saying that Canada would continue to talk to allies, is not a direct answer to the question of the timing of the decision.
Canadian sources said last year that Ottawa would closely study what the Uk did.
Last November, a senior US government official said Canada, which to allow Huawei 5G technology, it would pose a threat to the exchange of information with the Five Eyes network, as well as groups of great-Britain, italy, Australia, and New Zealand.
In the United States, said Huawei devices should be used in order to steal Western secrets, a charge the company denies. New Zealand and Australia, have outlawed the domestic mobile networks using Huawei 5G equipment.
Canadian telecommunications companies have been getting excited for Ottawa to make a decision.
“Although the security concerns are very important, we also need to make sure that we fully take into account what is best for Canadians … [and] in the industrial environment,” the Minister of Public Safety and security, Bill Blair told reporters.
The added complication in Canada is that Beijing is being held with two Canadians who are in 2018 and after, the Vancouver police have arrested one of Huawei executive, on a US extradition warrant.
The two sources directly familiar with the matter, said security officials were divided about the Smartphone. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE), which collects signals intelligence, and was taking a more dovish line than that of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) spy agency, ” she said.
“CSE believes this is a technical issue that can be managed in the csi team is totally opposed to opening the door to a possible espionage,” said one source, who, for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The split was first reported by the newspaper the Globe and Mail.
In a statement, Huawei Canada, said: “in our ten years of operation in Canada, there has never been an incident, or a lapse of any kind”.
Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Marguerita Choy