US bans Huawei gear, cites national security ‘risk’

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has banned the import or sale of communications equipment made by Huawei and ZTE because it poses an “unacceptable risk” to US national security.

The five-member FCC voted unanimously this week to pass rules that block the import or sale of communications equipment deemed to pose a national security risk.

The list of blocked companies includes Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua Technology and all their subsidiaries and affiliates.

In a report(Opens in a new window)FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said: “The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that the use of unreliable communications equipment is not permitted within our borders. , and we are continuing that work here.”

She added, “These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications.”

FCC Board Member Brendan Carr tweeted(Opens in a new window)“Our unanimous decision represents the first time in FCC history that we have voted to ban the authorization of new equipment based on national security concerns.”

He added: “As a result of our order, no new Huawei or ZTE equipment can be approved. And no new Dahua, Hikvision, or Hytera equipment can be approved unless they assure the FCC that their equipment will not be used for public safety, government facility security, and other national security purposes. .

The news comes just a day after the UK announced a ban on Chinese surveillance systems in “sensitive” areas.(Opens in a new window)sites. The restrictions, which affect Hikvision, will prevent authorities from installing technology produced by companies subject to China’s agreement. National Intelligence Act. Chinese citizens and organizations are required by law to cooperate with the country’s intelligence and security services.

In a statement reported(Opens in a new window) by Reuters, Hikvision criticized the FCC: “This FCC decision will do nothing to protect the national security of the United States, but will do much to make it more harmful and more costly for American small businesses, local authorities, school districts and individual consumers to protect themselves, their homes, businesses and property.The Chinese company added that it will continue to serve US customers “in full compliance” with US regulations.

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