Huawei and ZTE may soon be subjected to a US FCC ban from using new telecom equipment

Huawei and ZTE may soon be subjected to a US FCC ban from using new telecom equipment ...

According to a document, the USFederal Communications Commission is poised to prohibit approvals of Chinese telecom equipment from Huawei Technologies and ZTE in the United States on national security grounds.

Last week, the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, submitted the proposed restriction to the other three commissioners for final approval. Companies would not be able to sell new equipment in the United States without equipment authorizations.

In June 2021, the Federal Trade Commission approved a strategy to prohibit certifications for equipment in UStelecommunications networks that were classified as national security threats, including Huawei and ZTE.

Five Chinese companies on the so-called "covered list" were identified in March 2021 as posing a threat to national security under a 2019 law aimed at protecting US communications networks: Huawei Technologies, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Zhejiang Dahua Technology.

In June 2021, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would prohibit all equipment authorizations for all companies on the covered list.

This year, the FCC added Russia''s AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas), China Mobile International USA, Pacific Networks, and China Unicom (Americas) to the list.

Rosenworcel said last year that the new measures would "exclude untrustworthy equipment from our communications networks.... We have left open opportunities for (Huawei and other Chinese equipment) use in the United States through our equipment authorization process. So here we propose to close that door."

Commissioner of the Federal Communications Corporation, Brendan Carr, said in 2021, the Federal Communications Commission had approved more than 3,000 Huawei applications since 2018.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has agreed to prohibit all future authorizations for communications equipment that are considered to be of a dangerous risk to national security.

In 2019, the United States placed Huawei, Hikvision, and other companies on its economic blacklist.

Huawei and ZTE were declared as national security threats to communications networks by the FCC in a declaration that prohibited the UScompanies from employing a government fund worth $8.3 billion (nearly Rs. 68,300) to purchase equipment from the firms.

Earlier this year, the Chinese ambassador to Washington said the Federal Communications Commission "abused state power and maliciously attacked Chinese telecom operators once more without evidence."

2022, according to Thomson Reuters