Huawei ban wouldn’t delay BCE’s 5G rollout: Cope

Originally published by The Wire Report
Author: Kyle Duggan

The head of BCE Inc. says he doesn’t expect that a ban on Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.’s equipment from Canada’s 5G networks would hamper or delay Bell’s 5G rollout.

President and CEO George Cope moved to reassure investors and analysts on a Thursday earnings call that the company could manage that situation with relative ease.

“We’ve made no selection yet of our 5G vendor,” Cope said. “And if there was a ban, or if we chose a different supplier than Huawei for 5G, we’re quite comfortable all those developments would be addressed within our traditional capital intensity envelope and, therefore, no impact from a capital expenditure program outlook.”

“Nor do we think whatever the outcome is would it in any way impact our timing in the market for 5G,” he added.

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