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 Computer Weekly by Joe O’Halloran 5/14/2020

White House extends executive order that effectively bans US companies from using comms equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, while Huawei and ZTE reveal new 5G advances

Chinese technology suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE have encountered contrasting fortunes from the US and German authorities regarding the usage of their technologies.

US president Donald Trump has extended an executive order signed a year ago that effectively banned US companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms said to pose a national security risk, in effect companies such as Huawei and ZTE.

While not naming specific companies or territories, the initial ban aimed to “protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services”.

On 22 November 2019, US communications regulator the Federal Communications Commission passed a resolution based on a proposal from its chairman, Ajit Pai, that fundamentally prohibited recipients of the regulator’s USF (Universal Service Fund) from using such money to buy equipment or services from companies perceived to be a risk to the US.

Pai explicitly cited Huawei and ZTE, branding them “untrusted suppliers”. The proposal also required certain carriers receiving USF funds, known as eligible telecommunications carriers, to remove existing equipment and services from designated companies from their networks.


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