Wall comfortable with Huawei's SaskTel connections
Premier Brad Wall is comfortable with the deals SaskTel currently has with Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications giant the U.S. has called a threat to national security.
Ottawa is also considering banning them from bidding on Canada’s e-mail network. Even one of Canada's former top spies has spoken out about the threat he feels Huawei would have on our sensitive phone and e-mail system.
But Wall says he isn’t concerned about Huawei’s connection to SasktTel because it isn't dealing with high-risk equipment that Big Brother could use to watch. SaskTel's newest deal with Huawei is antennae and radio equipment for rural Saskatchewan.
He is very comfortable with Huawei continuing to provide equipment to SaskTel because the Crown has its own security team.
“That group looks at all new equipment that comes in, whether it’s from Cisco, an American company or Huawei, to make sure that security is a top priority and in fact, the system itself is secure for SaskTel customers and SaskTel itself,” said Wall.
But if new deals are struck that provide internet and other similar service, Wall would seek federal government advice.
Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee.