The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to block approvals for new Huawei and ZTE equipment

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to block approvals for new Huawei and ZTE equipment

The US Federal Communications Commission is set to block approvals of new telecommunications equipment from China Huawei techniques and ZTE in the United States for national security reasons, according to an agency document.

FCC boss Jessica Rosenworsel Last week, the proposed ban was distributed to the other three commissioners for final approval. Companies will not be able to sell new equipment in the United States without equipment permits.

“The FCC remains committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not permitted for use within our borders, and we continue that work here,” Rosenworsel said in a statement Thursday.

The FCC faces a congressional deadline of mid-November for action.

In June 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to advance a plan to block approvals for equipment in US telecom networks from Chinese companies deemed national security threats, including Huawei and ZTE.

This followed the March 2021 designation of five Chinese companies on a so-called “covered list” as posing a national security threat under a 2019 law intended to protect US telecoms networks: Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications Corp, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co, and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co.

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Senate Intelligence Committee chair Mark Warner He said he was pleased to see the FCC “finally taking this step to protect our networks and national security.”

The FCC said in June 2021 that it was considering blocking all equipment permits for all companies on the covered list.

This year, the Federal Communications Commission of Russia added AO Kaspersky Laband China Telecom (Americas) Corp, China Mobile International USA, Pacific Networks Corp, and China Unicom (Americas) to the included list.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr In 2021, the FCC approved more than 3,000 applications from Huawei since 2018.

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

Also in 2020, the Federal Communications Commission designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to telecom networks — an announcement that prevented US companies from taking advantage of $8.3 billion in government funding to purchase equipment from the companies.

Earlier this year, the Chinese Embassy in Washington said the FCC had “abused state power and maliciously attacked Chinese telecom companies again without a factual basis.”