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Two big Canadian telecommunications companies — Bell Canada and Telus Corporation — have chosen Swedish firm Ericsson and Finland's Nokia to provide then with 5G equipment, saving Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from having to make a difficult decision on whether or not to allow Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies a role.

Bell, which is Canada's biggest mobile provider, said it would use equipment from Ericsson for the core of its 5G network, with Nokia to supply gear for other parts of the rollout.

Telus also picked the two firms, the only two in the world that can supply gear for an end-to-end 5G network apart from global leader Huawei and its Chinese competitor, ZTE Corporation.

Canada's other big telco, Rogers Communications, has already said it would be using equipment from Ericsson.

Trudeau has said nothing about whether Huawei would be allowed to bid for supplying equipment for the new networks.

The US has been on a crusade for the last few years, asking countries not to use the company's gear, claiming that it is a security risk, but providing no proof to substantiate these claims.

Huawei, a privately-owned firm, has constantly denied these allegations to no avail.

Both Ericsson and Nokia make most of their gear in China, in partnership with state-owned companies.

Ericsson Panda has as one shareholder the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Committee, while Nokia Shanghai Bell is a joint venture with state-owned China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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