Briefing

SaskTel gets provincial approval to buy new Huawei equipment for its non-core 4G network

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Minister Don Morgan cited Telus and Bell, which use the Chinese telecom’s equipment, as well as last week’s decision by the U.K. to allow Huawei in its non-core 5G network. (Regina Leader-Post)

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Talking point: Saskatchewan’s decision comes despite an ongoing federal government review of Huawei that could end with SaskTel being required to remove about $200 million of existing Huawei equipment. That would be the “worst-case scenario,” said Morgan—but the delay is also causing problems for the telecom. It wanted to have up to 45 towers built by the end of March, but is now on track to have built only 15, due to a delay in getting more Huawei equipment. There are other potential risks for the government, though. This afternoon, the Financial Times reported U.S. President Donald Trump became “apoplectic” on a phone call with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnston following the U.K.’s Huawei decision. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will be in Washington, D.C. on Friday and Saturday to meet with senior U.S. officials.