U.S. Senators tell Canada's Prime Minister to reconsider using Huawei's 5G technology

U.S. Senators tell Canada's Prime Minister to reconsider using Huawei's 5G technology
U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-Va) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl) have sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to keep Huawei technology and equipment out of Canada's 5G network infrastructure. The missive asks Trudeau to "reconsider" using the Chinese manufacturer as a supplier for any part of Canada's next-gen wireless network. Even though U.S. lawmakers have been wary of Huawei since 2012, with Congress calling the firm (along with ZTE) a threat to U.S. national security, last month the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security ignored warnings about the company.

The U.S. concerns about Huawei and ZTE are based on their alleged ties to the Chinese government. There have been rumors that devices and equipment made by Huawei and ZTE spy on U.S. businesses and consumers on behalf of Beijing. Both firms have denied this. Still, earlier this year the U.S. government reportedly whispered in the ears of AT&T and Verizon, scuttling the carriers efforts to carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.


In the letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, Sens. Warner and Rubio point out that Canada's former Deputy Minister of National Defense, Ward Elcock, agrees with the U.S. position on Huawei. In the letter, Elcock is quoted as saying, "I have a pretty good idea of how signal-intelligence agencies work, and the rules under which they work and their various operations. I would not want to see Huawei equipment being incorporated into a 5G network in Canada."

This past summer, a similar warning was sent by senior U.S. lawmakers to their Canadian counterparts. That report included a message from former Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie. The former BlackBerry executive warned that U.S. warnings about Huawei should be heeded by the Canadian government.

source: TechCrunch

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8 Comments

1. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Our government is stupid. Huawei can't be trusted because it's Chinese! They might use the technology to spy on us! Then they do absolutely nothing about Apple and countless other tech companies having everything manufactured in China and don't consider the possibility of any of it being compromised or a threat.

2. shashi1317

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

Maybe but in USA, even FBI ask for data. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and etc won't give. In China they have comunist rule. Huawei or ZTE must give. Need to worried

4. ikenvape

Posts: 307; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol not to mention our lovely friends at the NSA. You know, the group that works with every US based company to spy on us?

5. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Exactly. Even if they source the technology from other 5G providers, there's is a 99% chance that the equipment will come from Chinese manufacturers. It beats logic.

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Just more cold war bullcrap spruiked by the US. They're slowly losing grip on their world Empire so they do a dummy spit. After backing out things such as WHO, why would you listen to these guys.

6. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The problem for the US Gov isn't that the Chinese will spy on them, this happens anyway and the US spy's on them. This is normal day to day goings on. The problem is that the US cannot use Huawei equipment to spy on it's own population due to not having access to Huawei's microcode. Huawei will not release it to them and this pisses off the US alphabet agencies no end. Don't forget the NSA has been caught hacking Huawei's servers in China, this was confirmed in the Edward Snowden leaks. The US should practice what it preaches.

7. michaelny2001

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

as i was reading this, i was just wondering why Oneplus isn't on this list? Why just Huawei (3rd largest manufacturer after Apple and Samsung) and ZTE? why not Vivo, etc. there is more that it is not being told.

8. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

They are talking about network systems principally.

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