Canada announced a contract of USD 30 million (Rp. 424 billion) with Nokia. This contract will be finalized after Canada’s Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains met with Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri at the World Economic Forum.
Reported by detikINET from Bloomberg on Friday (1/25/2019), a spokesman for Bains said the funding was intended to support research on Nokia’s 5G technology in Canada. Nokia will also develop cyber security tools to protect network operators in Canada.
Several other technology companies were previously strong candidates for 5G technology development projects in Canada. Besides Nokia, there are also Huawei and Ericsson.
This funding came when Canada was in the midst of tensions with Huawei and the diplomatic crisis with China. Especially after the detention of Huawei Meng Wanzhou CFO by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States.
Canada itself is still considering blocking Huawei or not from procuring a 5G project in its country.
Three of the five countries that are Canadian partners in the Five Eyes intelligence group, namely the United States, Australia and New Zealand, have blocked Huawei from the 5G project in their country because they are concerned that the technology company is spying on China.
China’s envoy to Canada, Lu Shaye, had previously warned Canada of a negative reaction if the Justin Trudeau government decided to block Huawei from a 5G procurement project in his country.
The arrest of Meng Wanzhou was also long after several Canadian citizens were detained by Chinese authorities. A few weeks ago a Canadian citizen, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, was charged with a death sentence after a repeat hearing related to drug smuggling cases.