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Huawei trolls the US by talking up Canadian 5G ambitions

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Huawei has issued a press release talking up its great relationship with US neighbor and close ally Canada, especially when it comes to 5G.

The announcement was headlined: ‘Huawei doubles-down on Canadian investment and partnership with three major commitments’. The first is more of a commercial objective as Huawei said it will be launching a 5G smartphone in Canada before the end of the year. It also has the distinct added benefit of justifying statements like ‘Huawei brings 5G to Canada’, which is sure to antagonize the US.

The other two commitments were some kind of partner training programme that will train 1,000 Canadians in ICT and a donation of $100,000 towards Ottowa flood relief. The Ottowa river is inclined to burst its banks periodically and Huawei employs quite a few people there, so it’s also letting them take paid time off to help out when this happens.

“We are incredibly proud and humbled by the work we have accomplished in Canada over the last 10 years,” said Eric Li, President of Huawei Canada. “With a team of over 1,100 employees from coast to coast – 600 of whom are engineers – we have the best and the brightest Canadian minds and we will continue to invest in training for the Canadian marketplace. Canada is the home of Huawei 5G and we are working to ensure we remain at the forefront of 5G technology and development.”

That last sentence reads like blatant trolling to us. The US had repeatedly made it clear to its allies that thoroughly disapproves of any Huawei 5G presence in any of their networks so it would presumably feel highly triggered by this sort of thing. Huawei also issued statements by other execs talking about Canada, 5G and security as it’s divide-and-conquer counter-strategy shows no signs of relenting.

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4 comments

  1. jim 08/05/2019 @ 3:09 pm

    Hi Steve,
    A couple of things:
    1. Small thing – Ottowa is spelled Ottawa
    2. VERY BIG THING – No reference to Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant Huawei, arrested by Canadian officials in Vancouver in December, after the United States requested her extradition on fraud???

    This has put Canada between a rock and a hard place – with China arresting and sentencing Canadians to death, pulling the plug on canola and pork imports… The above sounds like it’s all kosher between China/Canada…. NOT.
    Your article could not be more incomplete.

  2. Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 08/05/2019 @ 3:13 pm

    Hi Tim,
    A couple of responses:
    1. I think my spelling is better
    2. I think my article could have been more incomplete.

    • marek klemes 13/05/2019 @ 4:56 pm

      Hi Scott:

      You’re funny:

      I think your last correspondent’s name is spelled “Jim”, not “Tim”.

      I live in Ottawa and it has been spelled “Ottawa” at least since 1972 when I moved here. The river is spelled the same way, and overflows periodically, only now it’s due to “climate change”, as opposed to a coming ice age as was theorized in my 1972 geography class.

      I also work for Huawei and read the same press release before you saw it: trust me, if your article was any more incomplete, it would not contain a complete quantum of real information, so would not qualify for publishing.

      • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 14/05/2019 @ 8:59 am

        Hi Marek, thanks, so are you.

        Thanks for pointing out the correct name of of the previous commenter, at least I got most of the letters right though eh?

        Was is Ottowa before that? Either way I think we can all agree my spelling casts both the place and the river in a whole new light.

        As a Huawei employee yours is the kind of objective feedback we treasure here at Telecoms.com. While I happily defer to your clear expertise on quantum physics, please believe me when I tell you that being informative is in no way a prerequisite for publication. Just read any newspaper for confirmation.

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