Canadian Military Calls on Ottawa to Ban Huawei from Building 5G

The Global Post reported that a senior Canadian official said that the Canadian military wants the federal government to ban Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the Canadian 5G wireless network market.

National security agencies, the military, and the Ministry of Innovation are conducting cyber security reviews to determine whether Huawei’s 5G technology poses a security risk to Canada. The review will also consider the cost pressures imposed on consumers and major telecom operators by restricting 5G equipment suppliers.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, so he declined to be identified. However, he said that senior military leaders, including Canada’s Defense Chief of Staff Jonathan Vance, and others have told senior government officials that they believe Huawei will threaten national security.

The official said that the military believes that Huawei is not trustworthy because its 5G equipment may be used for Chinese espionage or to destroy critical infrastructure during the international crisis. Equally worrying is that allowing Huawei to enter 5G could undermine security cooperation with the United States and the intelligence-sharing relationship in the Five Eyes Alliance.

Daniel Le Bouthillier, the director of media relations for the Department of Defense, said the military could not comment on the matter.
Currently, Huawei equipment is used in Canada only for the peripheral part of the wireless network, not for the core part of managing data traffic.

There are several options for the Federal Cabinet’s final decision: to maintain the status quo, maintain the status quo and conduct a stricter inspection of Huawei’s 5G wireless system, or ban it completely.

John Turnbull, a retired general, has worked in the military information intelligence service. He said the DoD proposal was not based on technical analysis, but based on Canada-Washington relations. “The Five Eyes Alliance is very important for the Department of Defense and military intelligence. I’m not sure how many people really understand 5G, but they do understand economics and the stakes in politics. There are two huge economies involved here,” he said. In addition to the consideration of technological security, there are many factors in the area of ​​influence. When we are forced to choose one side, we may tend to stay with the United States. ”

Intelligence and cybersecurity officials in the United States and Australia believe that as long as Huawei equipment exists in 5G network systems, there are unacceptable security holes. But the United Kingdom announced a few days ago that it would allow Huawei to enter its 5G field. New Zealand has blocked a domestic telecommunications operator’s proposal to use Huawei equipment to build a 5G network. Japan’s three major telecommunications giants said they would exclude Huawei equipment.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Agency (CSIS) also sees Huawei as a security threat and hopes the government will introduce a Huawei ban. However, the Canadian Communications Security Agency (CSE) believes that Huawei’s security risks can be minimized through strict monitoring.

Another senior official familiar with Ottawa’s deliberations said that Canada recognizes the need to take the United States’ security concerns seriously and that the CSIS perspective is important. As for the CSE’s view, the risk is always considered acceptable. Controlled.

If the government introduces a Huawei ban, it will cause huge additional costs for some Canadian telecommunications operators. For example, Yankee and Bell have already used Huawei equipment in their network construction. If the government introduces a Huawei ban, they may need to replace some equipment. Last week, Bell said it had signed the first 5G wireless network supply agreement with Nokia of Finland, hoping to have multiple vendors to ensure flexibility. Rogers Telecom has been a partner with Ericsson of Sweden.

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The Global Post reported that a senior Canadian official said that the Canadian military wants the federal government to ban Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the Canadian 5G wireless network market.

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