fighting ongoing scrutiny and a national security review, Huawei Technologies Co. introduced Monday it is going to help bring high-speed internet to 70 rural communities in Canada by 2025.
Huawei stated in a press launch that it’s going to partner with Ice Wireless and Iristel to help provide 20 communities in Arctic Canada and another 50 in northern Quebec with high-speed wireless services. The corporate mentioned it received federal approval for the project under the Security Review Program, which is designed to guard critical infrastructure.
“Amid the anticipation about 5G wireless technology, let’s not forget that many remote areas nonetheless lack reliable 3G or 4G LTE service,” Alykhan Velshi, Huawei’s vice president of company affairs, stated in a news release.
“This initiative will assist Canada to meet its United Nations commitment to ship high-speed internet to all Canadians by 2030. With faster and more dependable access to the internet, the individuals of Canada’s North can be better connected than ever before to the rest of the nation – and the rest of the world.”
The announcement – which also contains the rollout of three short corporations profiling northern community residents that have benefitted from using high-speed internet – is the latest in an ongoing effort by Huawei to enhance its reputation in Canada.
Relations between Canada and China have been strained since Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver in December at the behest of the US. Two Canadians – Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig – have been detained in China since December, a move widely seen as a response by the Chinese government to Meng’s arrest.
“We’re concerned, like all Canadians are concerned, about their well-being,” Velshi advised reporters in Ottawa on Monday.
“It is a time of real tension between Canada and China, and governments might only solve it.”