The US telecoms regulator (FCC) announced on Friday the banning of telecoms equipment and services provided by nearly half a dozen Chinese companies, including equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE.
The decree targets companies considered to pose a threat to the national security of the United States and concerns the sale of any new product on American soil, by no longer allowing the obtaining of marketing authorization.
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In addition to Huawei and ZTE, already subject to equivalent rules in the past, it also concerns Dahua and Hikvision, which supply video surveillance equipment, and Hytera, which specializes in radio equipment.
Products already authorized by the FCC, however, will continue to be authorized for the time being.
These new rules represent an important part of the actions taken to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications equipment
," FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said.
The regulator is also considering re-examining the authorizations already granted as well as the procedures for reviewing the bans announced.
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In line with that of his predecessor Donald Trump, the Biden administration has adopted a firm line against Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturers, suspected of spying for the benefit of Beijing.
In May 2020, the Trump administration had required Huawei's subcontractors to request authorization to use American components, effectively blocking the supply to the equipment manufacturer of products manufactured by companies based in the United States.
The decision had penalized the group's activity, especially in smartphones where Huawei has almost disappeared from the market.
The FCC then blacklisted Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology in March 2021 as companies that pose “unacceptable risk” to US national security.
Also in 2021, in June, the agency said it was in favor of a plan to ban authorizations granted to Chinese telecommunications equipment companies.