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CanadaCanada will antagonize either the U.S. or China with wireless tech decisions

19:06  13 august  2019
19:06  13 august  2019 Source:

Trump discusses China's 'wrongful detention' of Canadian citizens in call with Trudeau

Trump discusses China's 'wrongful detention' of Canadian citizens in call with Trudeau Trump discusses China's 'wrongful detention' of Canadian citizens in call with Trudeau

Tech executives worry China will turn to tit-for-tat arrests of Americans in response to the detention of Meng Wanzhou. And the worries don’t stop there. No one I spoke to would talk on the record, out of fear of antagonizing either side and also because no one knows exactly what is happening.

Canada will face almost certain retaliation from China if it follows the United States and Australia in doing so, compounding strains in bilateral relations. Hence, the need to avoid further antagonizing the Chinese government with drawn-out extradition proceedings against Ms. Meng.

Canada will antagonize either the U.S. or China with wireless tech decisions© Getty TAIYUAN, CHINA - JULY 27: A customer tries out a 5G smartphone Mate 20X at a Huawei Store on July 27, 2019 in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province of China. Huawei launched its first 5G smartphone Mate 20X in Shenzhen on Friday. (Photo by Zhang Yun/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

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Author: Justin Longo, Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

The next big leap in wireless telecommunications is coming.

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“When Huawei pays to license certain US tech , it promises not to export to certain countries like Iran. The United States and China have also been locked in a struggle for high- tech supremacy President Trump has tied national security to advancement in technologies like wireless networks

The arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada on Saturday was the most recent and public chapter of an ongoing battle between the U . S . government But along with its success has come suspicion about the company’ s ties to China ’ s government, its willingness to overlook U . S . sanctions and the

The current standard for mobile networks is what the tech industry calls fourth generation, or 4G. But this will soon be overtaken by fifth generation, or 5G, wireless technology. 5G offers increased data transfer speeds and will connect many more devices with almost no delayed response when receiving and sending information.

One might think the issues surrounding the development of 5G would focus on questions like whether the government should build a nationalized 5G network, or the possible health impacts of additional radio-frequency radiation.

But one issue has come to dominate the 5G discussion: the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, and the use of its equipment in building our 5G infrastructure.

The place of Huawei in Canada's 5G network, and the associated national security implications, will be a key issue for the next federal government.

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Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, has been arrested in Canada . New York (CNN Business) The chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei has been arrested The US Justice Department declined to comment. China ' s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday called

ARM’ s staff were informed of the decision on 16 May, following the US Commerce Department’ s The ban also appeared to apply to ARM China , the China -based company in which ARM Holdings owns He added that Huawei would likely face other problems licensing 5G-related tech from others, and in

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said if his party wins the October election he would ban Huawei from participating in Canada's 5G wireless networks.

On July 30, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said there was no chance of an announcement before the election.

5G for users

Because the radio frequencies required for short-range 5G can't pass through walls, the promise of higher speed and capacity will be achieved in dense urban areas through a massive increase in the number of cell antennas.

In order to recover the costs of installing the new equipment, telecom providers are already promoting 5G to urban customers as higher-speed wireless mobile and wireless home broadband.

For rural customers, the radio frequencies used will be able to travel longer distances. 5G will help solve the so-called "last-mile problem" of providing high-speed connectivity to remote locations where broadband service isn't now available.

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Huawei Technologies ’ promoted its next generation technology last month during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The latest was Washington’ s move this week to intervene in Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd.’ s attempted hostile takeover of U . S .-based Qualcomm Inc. It ordered

China is pouring resources into intelligent video. The sector is developing "smart" cameras that can detect unusual patterns and flag them to officials or law enforcement. China is far and away the biggest buyer of semiconductors, the computer chips used in everything from iPhones to automobiles.

What will likely be more important, though, than what we experience on our personal devices, are 5G's advantages in device-to-device communications.

5G will speed communications between autonomous vehicles, leading to safer driverless cars and improved traffic efficiency.

Rural areas will gain opportunities in remote industrial applications like agriculture and mining by connecting devices like field equipment, sensors, drones, robotics and other smart machinery.

And 5G can improve the delivery of telemedicine for remote real-time medical assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Enter Huawei

There are five major players in the 5G equipment market today: Huawei, Ericsson, ZTE, Nokia and Samsung.

Canada has been generally very welcoming towards Huawei in the past, with its hardware and software widely used here for broadband and 4G wireless. Huawei's position is due to a combination of its equipment's quality and lower cost.

The United States claims Huawei is a threat to national security because of the as-yet-unproven claim that Huawei equipment contains a back door — a secret method for bypassing authentication or encryption in a computer system or device, allowing for surreptitious remote access.

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Canadian authorities arrested Huawei Technologies ’ chief financial officer at the request of the U . S . government for alleged violations of Iranian sanctions, the latest move by Washington to crack down on the Chinese cellular- technology giant.

The chief financial officer of China ' s tech giant Huawei is suing Canada over her arrest at the request of the US . Meng Wanzhou was held in December at Vancouver airport on suspicion of fraud and breaching US sanctions on Iran. On Friday Ms Meng filed a civil claim against Canada ' s government

Thus, the U.S. alleges, data that moves through Huawei equipment could be made available to Chinese intelligence services. The U.S. has taken steps to ban or restrict the use of Huawei equipment in its developing national 5G infrastructure, and is pressuring its allies to do the same.

Political tensions

Ottawa is considering Huawei's possible role as a supplier in the development of our 5G systems and is reviewing associated risks.

This decision is complicated by a number of factors.

Tensions are high between Ottawa and Beijing stemming from the arrest of Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last December in response to a U.S. warrant, leading to the detention and arrest of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor.

China also retaliated by restricting imports of Canadian soybeans, canola, pork and beef. Former Chinese ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye warned of further repercussions should Canada choose to ban Huawei.

The U.S. said a Canadian decision on Huawei that runs counter to American wishes will have negative repercussions on U.S.-Canada relations.

The U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada co-operate on security and intelligence in an alliance known as the Five Eyes. The U.K. is now considering whether to permit Huawei's involvement in 5G, allowing some limited use of its next-generation wireless gear, in a move that could further damage the already-fractured alliance.

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According to Counterpoint Research, these are the best-selling phones in China during 2017.

U . S .- China relations, never simple, are likely to be further complicated by the expected landslide Tsai has been careful not to over-commit herself on independence so as not to overly antagonize China Note, China has never ruled out the use of military force to ensure Taiwan’ s unification with the country.

Investment and risk

Meanwhile, Bell and Telus, two major Canadian telecommunications companies, are heavily invested in Huawei technology for developing their 5G networks. If Canada bans Huawei, they could face $1 billion in costs to retool for 5G.

Those companies could then reasonably argue they should be relieved of the CRTC push for low-cost wireless options, or that they should provide smaller competitors with access to their networks.

Despite years of hearings, investigations and hardware inspections, there is no public evidence that Huawei equipment has been used to spy on network traffic.

But if Canada guessed wrong, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Who should Canada antagonize most?

Scheer's no-Huawei stance mirrors the emerging mood of the country: a February 2019 online national survey by Research Co. found that 57 per cent of Canadians think the federal government shouldn't let Huawei participate in 5G.

Some analysts suggest that Canada will follow the U.S. lead in banning Huawei, while others see an opening in the more flexible U.K. position.

Regardless of the outcome of Canada's upcoming federal election, Canada will likely do as it did with the Meng detention and accede to the American position.

If that happens, Canadians should expect a more expensive 5G system than with Huawei equipment plus the potential costs associated with a Huawei lawsuit and a further deterioration of the country's relationship with China.

The alternative is a weakening of our relationship with the Americans and other allies, and living under a cloud of possible future catastrophic breaches of our wireless telecom networks.


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Justin Longo, Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina , The Canadian Press

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