U.S. bans Huawei, ZTE equipment sales citing national security risk

The Joe Biden administration has banned approvals of new telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE because they pose an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security.
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Huawei is the #1 supplier of telecom equipment to mobile operators globally.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said it adopted the final rules, which also bar the sale or import of equipment made by China’s surveillance equipment maker Dahua Technology, video surveillance firm Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and telecoms firm Hytera Communications.

“These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a news statement.

Jessica Rosenworcel circulated the proposed measure, which effectively bars the firms from selling new equipment in the United States, to the other three commissioners for final approval last month.

The FCC said in June 2021 it was considering banning all equipment authorizations for all companies on the covered list.

That came after a March 2021 designation of five Chinese companies on the covered list as posing a threat to national security under a 2019 law aimed at protecting U.S. communications networks: Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications Corp Hikvision and Dahua.