Huawei and ZTE finally designated as 'national security threat'


Kārlis Dambrāns

The United States has long regarded Huawei , a major telecommunications equipment manufacturer in China, and ZTE , a major smartphone maker, as dangerous and argued that there is 'information communication risk.' On June 30, 2020, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally officially designated Huawei and ZTE as ' national security threats '.

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The United States has imposed various sanctions as ``ZTE violated the U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea by the United States'', and in 2018 took measures to prohibit the export of parts to ZTE of American companies for 7 years .. In addition, President Donald Trump argued that the Chinese government has established a back door on the products of Chinese companies such as Huawei, and in May 2019, ``Prohibits trading of foreign products that are at risk of information communication'' The signing of a presidential decree called ',' strengthened Huawei exclusion.

In August 2019, we announced a provisional rule prohibiting government agencies from purchasing telecommunications equipment, video surveillance equipment and other services directly from Huawei, ZTE, Hikvision , Hytera and Dahua . Huawei had filed a lawsuit saying 'these decisions against Chinese companies violate the constitution', but in February 2020 it was decided that 'the decision of the US government is constitutional.'

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Meanwhile, the FCC has finally made the final decision to designate Huawei and ZTE as 'national security threats.' According to the decision, carriers will not be able to purchase or maintain Huawei or ZTE communication devices using a subsidy from the Universal Service Fund managed by the FCC. The Universal Service Fund's grants amount to $8.3 billion annually (about 890 billion yen), and many small telecommunications carriers use the grants in the name of developing communication networks.

``Today's overwhelmingly evidence-based mandate, the FCC has designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to the future of American and 5G networks,'' said FCC Chairman Agit Pai . Both companies have close ties to the Communist Party of China and the PLA, and both are subject to Chinese law obliging them to cooperate with Chinese intelligence agencies.' 'The U.S. Government and the FCC We cannot allow the Communist Party to exploit vulnerabilities in the US telecommunications network and compromise our critical telecommunications infrastructure.'

Geoffrey Starks, a member of the FCC, pointed out that Huawei and ZTE devices are already widely used in the United States, so it is necessary to identify where they are used and replace them. While many carriers needed government support to replace untrusted equipment, they said the problem was lack of funding for the replacement.

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