Cogeco Inc. chief executive Philippe Jette seemed on his way to telling me that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should ignore the Donald Trump administration and give China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. the green light to help build Canada’s 5G wireless system.
“A lot has been said about security issues, but there are ways to control what goes through a network,” said Jette, who oversees such a network, one that serves some 800,000 broadband customers in Central Canada and another 450,000 south of the border. “It’s going to be more difficult here than in the United States where Huawei is not as involved in the academic side, generating research and creating jobs. They have a number of employees here in Canada, so we need to have a balance in all of this.”
But then he stopped short of giving Huawei his full endorsement.
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