Since Meng's arrest, which has sparked a major rift between China and Canada and focused worldwide attention on Huawei, the federal government has been undecided about whether the Chinese company will be allowed in Canada's 5G networks - which are now being assembled.
Neither Bell nor Telus provided details on how much their contracts with Ericsson and Nokia were worth.
Liu and other former employees The Epoch Times spoke to say that expat staff transferred from China to Huawei Canada, who account for about 10 percent of the personnel at the Toronto headquarters, are required to participate in what is called Chinese Communist Party study sessions every Saturday morning.
Telus has long had Huawei components in its infrastructure.
Canada and its security agencies have been studying whether to use equipment from Huawei as phone carriers prepare to roll out fifth-generation technology.
He said that Canada and the United Kingdom both have national security structures that analyzed Huawei equipment thoroughly without finding it to be a security threat as the United States alleges. "They have all kinds of sophisticated ways of doing things without the manufacturer and their customers even knowing", Surtees said.
Data center giant Equinix is set to acquire 13 data centers in Canada from Bell Canada, which is expected to generate more than $100 million in annual revenue and open new gateways for North America to Asia and Europe.
In a February 2019 filing, Telus cautioned investors over potential delays and financial fallout if the federal government were to nix Huawei's 5G technology.
Bell Canada and smaller rival Telus Corp eschewed Huawei, which analysts said would ease the Canadian government's thorny decision on whether to allow the company into Canada's 5G network. We continue building new research partnerships with Canada's world-class universities.
Bell, Canada's largest cellphone provider, announced it would partner with Ericsson for its core 5G network.
"Bell's 5G strategy supports our goal to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world, and Ericsson's innovative 5G network products and experience on the global stage will be key to our rollout of this game-changing mobile technology across Canada", BCE president Mirko Bibic said, citing Ericsson's existing role in 92 other 5G cellular networks around the world.
Prior to the arrest of Ms. Meng, the Chinese company wasn't a household name in Canada.
Telus was among the Canadian telecom companies that had been waiting for federal officials to decide whether it would ban Huawei from operating and inking deals in Canada because of concerns the Chinese company could pose a cybersecurity risk.
Mary Liu, a former high-ranking employee of the company in Toronto, says that Huawei's Canadian operation is very profitable compared to its operations in other countries and that the company has negotiated a favourable tax scheme with the government.
Samsung Electronics has announced a deal to supply equipment for Videotron's wireless network in the province of Quebec and the Ottawa region of Ontario.