U.S. Bans Chinese Telecom Equipment and Surveillance Cameras Over National Security Risk

The
U.S.
Federal
Communications
Commission
(FCC)
formally
announced
it
will
no
longer
authorize
electronic
equipment
from
Huawei,
ZTE,
Hytera,
Hikvision,
and
Dahua,
deeming
them
an “unacceptable”
national
security
threat.

All
these
Chinese
telecom
and
video
surveillance
companies
were
previously
included
in
the

Covered
List

as
of
March
12,
2021.

“The
FCC
is
committed
to
protecting
our
national
security
by
ensuring
that
untrustworthy
communications
equipment
is
not
authorized
for
use
within
our
borders,
and
we
are
continuing
that
work
here,”
FCC
Chairwoman
Jessica
Rosenworcel

said

in
a
Friday
order.

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

Pursuant
to
the
ban,
Hytera,
Hikvision,
and
Dahua
are
required
to
document
the
safeguards
the
firms
are
putting
in
place
on
the
sale
of
their
devices
for
government
use
and
surveillance
of
critical
infrastructure
facilities.

The
development
comes
over
two
months
after
the
regulator

moved
to
add

Pacific
Network
Corp
and
China
Unicom
(Americas)
to
the
Covered
List
in
an
effort
to
curtail
the
reach
of
Chinese
state-owned
carriers
in
U.S.
networks.

It’s
not
just
the
U.S.
The
U.K.,
in
a
similar
move,
has
banned
the
installation
of
visual
surveillance
systems
procured
from
China
on “sensitive”
government
sites.

“Departments
have
been
advised
that
no
such
equipment
should
be
connected
to
departmental
core
networks
and
that
they
should
consider
whether
they
should
remove
and
replace
such
equipment
where
it
is
deployed
on
sensitive
sites
rather
than
awaiting
any
scheduled
upgrades,”
the
government

said
.

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