Bell Canada picks Ericsson as 5G supplier amid Huawei uncertainty

Huawei faces an uncertain future in the country

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Canadian telecom services provider Bell Canada said on Tuesday it has chosen Sweden’s Ericsson to be its 5G network equipment supplier, at a time when Huawei Technologies Co Ltd faces an uncertain future in the country.

The announcement comes a week after Huawei’s Chief Operating Officer Meng Wanzhou was dealt a setback by a Canadian court as she tries to avoid extradition to the United States to face bank fraud charges.

Canada has not yet made a decision on whether to allow Huawei tech to build 5G cellphone networks in the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, Telefonica Deutschland signed a deal with Ericsson to build its 5G core mobile network in Germany, saying the choice of the Swedish supplier would safeguard the security of its next-generation services.

Germany’s three main operators are removing Huawei from their network cores but continue to rely on the Chinese vendor for the less sensitive peripheral radio access networks that will carry 5G traffic.

? Thomson Reuters 2020

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