The United States bans Chinese Huawei and ZTE Telecom devices due to security risks

The United States bans Chinese Huawei and ZTE Telecom devices due to security risks

Huawei and ZTE have been banned from selling electronic devices in the US by regulators.

Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. From the sale of electronics in the US by regulators who say they pose a security risk, to the continuation of years-long efforts to limit Chinese telecoms companies’ access to US networks.

The FCC, in an order issued on Friday, named the connected camera providers Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. , as well as Hytera Communications Corp.

“The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrusted communications equipment is not licensed for use within our borders, and we continue that work here,” Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said in a press release. “These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications.”

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In a 4-0 vote, the FCC concluded that the products pose a risk to Data security. Past efforts to limit Chinese access include export controls for key parts, advanced equipment and software. Recently, US officials imposed restrictions on Tik Tok Because of concerns that Chinese authorities could access US user data via the video-sharing app.

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“This is a culmination work,” said Clone Kitchen, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank. The things that started under Trump are now being implemented. The Biden administration continues to turn the screws on these companies because the threat is not changing.”

In an email response, Hikvision said its video security products “do not pose a security threat to United State There is no technical or legal justification for the FCC’s decision.” The company said the ruling would make it more harmful and more expensive we Small businesses, local authorities, school districts and individual consumers to protect themselves, their homes, businesses and property.”

Huawei declined to comment, while Dahua, Hytera and ZTE did not respond to emails sent outside of normal business hours on Monday China.

The looming FCC move did not show up in the bilateral meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Indonesia last week, a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. The official said Biden had already discussed broader technology issues with Xi and was clear the United States would continue to take measures to protect its national security.

“This is the death knell for all of them for their operations in the United States,” said Connor Healy, director of government research for the IPVM Surveillance Research Group based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “They will not be able to introduce any new products to the United States.”

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Healy said Dahua and Hikvision will be affected the most because their cameras are widely used, often by government agencies that have many facilities for monitoring. He said agencies, including the police, use Hytera handheld radios.

In its request, the FCC asked for comment on whether it would revoke an existing equipment license, Rosenworcel said in an online statement.

According to Healy, dealers may be stuck with illegal equipment for sale.

In 2018, Congress voted to prevent federal agencies from purchasing equipment from the five companies designated by the FCC. The agency earlier said the companies were not eligible to receive federal subsidies, and it also barred Chinese phone companies from doing business in the United States.

The agency said Friday’s order was required under a bill Biden signed in November 2021.


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