Canadian telecom operator, Telus, has announced it will soon begin rolling out its 5G network – and its initial module will be with Huawei equipment.
Telus Chief Financial Officer Doug French said in a statement on Thursday: “It’s important for us to launch our network when the time is right...” He added that the company will continue to collaborate with the Canadian government in building the 5G ecosystem.
Huawei 5G backbone
In the statement to CBC News, Telus said it is looking to diversify its suppliers as it builds up its 5G network, but at the time of launch the 5G backbone will be built on Huawei components. French said: "Telus will begin rolling out its 5G network shortly, and our initial module will be with Huawei."
It’s worth noting that Huawei components are already used on Telus's existing networks, so this proposal does follow a natural progression. Telus aim to rollout 5G mobile using Huawei gear by the end of 2020.
“….beating South Korea’s 5G network at 58.7Mbps. Imagine what’s going to happen in our country when we crank up 5G! Go Canada Go! - @TELUS CEO Darren Entwistle (2/2)February 13, 2020
Reviewing 5G security implications
The Canadian government is currently reviewing the implications 5G security and is yet to decide whether to allow Huawei to supply 5G network equipment - several of the country's allies have banned the equipment on national security grounds. Meanwhile, Telus has warned that the cost of setting up a 5G mobile network will be higher if the Huawei is banned.
Also on Thursday, US prosecutors accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran track protesters - Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou, is currently in Canadian custody awaiting a decision on his extradition to the United States.
5G technology will become rife in Canada this year, as now all three telecom companies have 5G plans.