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

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

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

FCC boss Jessica Rosenworcel Last week the proposed ban was circulated to the other three commissioners for final approval. Companies would 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 allowed for use within our borders, and we continue that work here,” Rosenworcel said in a statement Thursday.

The FCC faces a mid-November congressional deadline to act.

In June 2021, the FCC voted to advance a plan to ban 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 threat to national security under a 2019 law intended to protect US telecom 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 glad to see the FCC “finally take this step to protect our networks and our national security.”

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

This year, the FCC added to Russia AO Kaspersky LabChina Telecom (Americas) Corp, China Mobile International USA, Pacific Networks Corp, and China Unicom (The Americas) to the included list.

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

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

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

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