Canadian Telcos Shun Huawei, Pick European Companies As 5G Partners

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MONTREAL ― Huawei Technologies Inc.’s ambitions to be a player in Canada’s 5G network are very much in doubt after two of the country’s three largest telecom companies announced partnerships with the Chinese tech giant’s European rivals. Bell Canada announced Tuesday morning that Sweden-based Ericsson will be its second supplier of the radio access network equipment ― a major component in fifth-generation wireless networks ― following its choice of Finland’s Nokia in February. Later in the day, Telus Corp., which uses Huawei equipment extensively in its current network, announced that it too had selected Ericsson and Nokia for its 5G network needs.