USA, Huawei and ZTE increasingly excluded from network infrastructures

The Senate of the United States approved even stricter measures for Huawei, ZTE and all other network equipment manufacturers from China : the measure is called the Secure Equipment Act, and provides that companies considered a threat to national security can no longer receive licenses for new equipment from the US authorities.

Only President Joe Biden’s approval is needed for the measure to take effect, and there is no reason to suspect Biden will send back the current text, since it was passed virtually unanimously and is captained by both Republican senators (in particular Marco Rubio) and democrats (chiefs thanati by Ed Markey). Overall, five companies have so far been identified as a national security risk, all Chinese:

  • Huawei
  • ZTE
  • Hytera Communications Corp
  • Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co.
  • Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co.

The measure had been in the air for a few months now, and the resolution of the American authorities was such that the law could even ultimately prove superfluous. As early as June, in fact, the FCC had unanimously approved to block the approvals for the installation in the telecommunication networks of equipment of the five companies indicated above. As if that were not enough, the FCC reserved the right to revoke the authorizations already granted up to that point. To give an idea of ​​the extent of the provision, it is worth considering that only for Huawei, from 2018 to date, 3 have been approved. 000 requests.

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How is It is reasonable to imagine, both the spokespersons of the government and those of the companies directly concerned have been very critical : Huawei, in particular, called the FCC’s decision “ill-informed and unnecessarily harsh”, while a por The Beijing foreign minister said that “the US continues to abuse national security and government power without evidence to suppress Chinese companies.”

Of the companies mentioned above, Huawei is the only one currently banned from doing business with US or other companies whose products are based on US technologies. It has been in this situation for almost two and a half years now, which has effectively prevented it from continuing to compete at high levels in both its core businesses, namely that of network equipment and that of smartphones.


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As expected, US President Joe Biden signed the bill, which became a full-fledged law. Biden is expected to meet virtually next week with President of China Xi Jinping, and that will likely be discussed as well.

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