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US To Bar Huawei Lab, Other Chinese Telecoms

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving to prevent Huawei Technologies, ZTE and other foreign companies deemed to pose US national security concerns from certifying wireless equipment, officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

The FCC plans to vote this month on a bipartisan proposal to ensure that telecommunications certification bodies and test labs that certify wireless devices for the US market are not influenced by companies posing security concerns.

Last week, the FCC denied the ability of the test lab of Huawei to participate in the equipment authorisation programme.

This new proposal would permanently prohibit Huawei and other entities on an FCC list of companies posing national security risks “from playing any role in the equipment authorisation programme while also providing the FCC and its national security partners the necessary tools to safeguard this important process”, the agency said.

Jessica Rosenworcel, chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. Photo: Pool via Reuters© Provided by South China Morning Post

FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement the agency “must ensure that our equipment authorisation programme and those entrusted with administering it can rise to the challenge posed by persistent and ever-changing security and supply chain threats”.

Huawei’s recognition as an accredited lab was set to expire on Tuesday but the FCC denied the Huawei lab’s request for an extension of its recognition. Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The FCC in November 2022 banned approvals of new telecommunications equipment from Huawei and ZTE as well as telecoms and video surveillance equipment from Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Zhejiang Dahua Technology.

In 2022, the FCC added Russia’s AO Kaspersky Lab, China Telecom (Americas), China Mobile International USA, Pacific Networks and China Unicom to the covered list, which includes companies that pose threats to US national security under a 2019 law aimed at protecting US communications networks.

Huawei and Hikvision were placed on a US export control list in 2019, restricting most US suppliers from shipping goods and technology to them unless they were granted licences.

In 2020, the FCC designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats to communications networks – a declaration that barred US companies from tapping an US$8.3 billion government fund to purchase equipment from the companies.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said the proposal will “ensure that the test labs and certification bodies that review electronic devices for compliance with FCC requirements are themselves trustworthy actors that the FCC can rely on”.

Source: msn

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