Some telecommunication companies of the United States have been ordered by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to remove Huawei equipment from their network and replace them with equipment from other vendors.
The process of cancellation of China Telecom’s authorisation to operate in the US has also been initiated by the FCC.
This is the latest move by the US government against Huawei over national security concerns.
According to the order, smaller carriers will be offered subsidies for removal and replacement of Huawei equipment. But without the approval of funding from Congress, the reimbursements cannot actually be implemented by the commission.
There are close ties between Huawei and the Chinese military and intelligence communities as well as the Communist Party, said FCC chairman Ajit Pai, and added that those relationships are at “every level of the company—all the way up to its founder”.
“The concerns about Huawei aren’t just hypothetical: Independent entities have identified numerous security vulnerabilities in Huawei equipment and found it to be less secure than that of other companies—perhaps deliberately so,” Pai said.
“Sweeping” laws in China that forces all companies to comply and corporate with the Chinese intelligence services and not to disclose such assistance is also applicable on Huawei, he added.
A list of communications equipment and services that have been identified to be a threat to national security will soon be published by the FCC.
Approximately national security is estimated to be needed for reimbursement for eligible providers who are given federal assistance to primarily provide connectivity in rural America.
The US accusations that its equipment are a threat for the national security of the US have long been repeatedly refuted by Huawei.
The company was disappointed with the FCC decision, Huawei said in a statement. “This overreach puts US citizens at risk in the largely underserved rural areas – during a pandemic – when reliable communication is essential,” the company said.
A petition from Huawei to the FCC to reconsider its decision of identifying the company as being a national security threat to communications networks was also rejected by the FCC on Thursday.
The groundwork for revoking China Telecom’s authorisation to “provide domestic interstate and international telecommunications services within the United States” has also been initiated by the FCC.
In April, the US subsidiary of the company was asked to “show cause why the Commission should not start a process for revoking and terminating” its authorisation.
China Telecom had “failed to provide a satisfactory response to the concerns”, the FCC said.
(Adapted from BBC.com)