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Huawei, ZTE Ban: US FCC Votes to Advance Proposed Gear Limits

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted Thursday to ban the approval of U.S. telecommunications network equipment from Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE, which are considered national security threats. It was.

Under the proposed rules that won the first approval FCC It may also revoke previous device certifications issued to Chinese companies.

A Huawei spokeswoman called the FCC revision “misplaced and unnecessarily punitive” in an email.

FCC Deputy Chairman Jessica Rosenwessel said the new action “excludes untrusted devices from the communications network … leaving the opportunity to use (Huawei and other Chinese devices) in the United States through the device approval process. I suggest here. Close that door. “

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is FCC Huawei After 2018.

FCC measures prohibit all future approval of telecommunications equipment that is considered to pose an unacceptable risk to national security.

In March, the FCC designated five Chinese companies as threatening national security under a 2019 law aimed at protecting US telecommunications networks.

A group of US lawmakers, including Democratic Senator Ed Marquee and Republican Senator Marco Rubio, praised the FCC’s actions, saying it reflected bipartisan legislative goals. They said the FCC voted “putting national security first by keeping compromised Chinese equipment away from the US telecommunications network.”

Affected companies include previously designated Huawei ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Zhejiang Dahua Technology.

Huawei said, “Blocking the purchase of equipment based on” predictive judgment “related to the country of origin or brand is non-beneficial, discriminatory and protects the integrity of the US telecommunications network or supply chain. I don’t do anything to do it. “

In August 2020, the US government banned federal agencies from purchasing goods and services from any of the five Chinese companies.

In 2019, the United States added Huawei, Hikvision, and other companies to the economic blacklist.

Last year, the FCC designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to telecommunications networks. This is a declaration prohibiting US companies from using $ 8.3 billion (about 61,560 rupees) of government funds to purchase equipment from companies.

In December, the FCC finalized a rule requiring carriers with ZTE or Huawei devices to “rip and replace” their devices. It proposed a reimbursement program for that effort, and in December US lawmakers approved $ 1.9 billion (approximately Rs 14,090) to fund it.

Rosen Warsel said the FCC will vote in July to finalize the rules overseeing the redemption fund.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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