US bans all new telecoms from Huawei, ZTE

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US bans all new telecoms from Huawei, ZTE

The Biden administration has banned all new telecommunications equipment from China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE because they pose an unacceptable risk to US national security.

The US Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it had adopted the final rules that prohibits the sale or import of equipment made by China s surveillance equipment maker Dahua Technology, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and telecoms firm Hytera Communications.

In a statement, Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman of the FCC, said these new rules are an important part of our ongoing efforts to protect the American people from national security threats.

Huawei didn't want to say anything. ZTE, Dahua, Hikvision, and Hytera did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

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

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

A March 2021 designation of five Chinese companies on the so-called covered list is a threat to national security under a law aimed at protecting the US communications networks: Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications Corp. Hikvision and Dahua.

The move was supported by four commissioners, including two Republicans and two Democrats.