US bans two more Chinese telecom providers

The United States has added Chinese entities Pacific Network and China Unicom (Americas) to its list of banned telecommunications providers.

In A declaration Released last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel said, “Today we take another critical step to protect our communications networks from foreign threats to national security.

“Earlier this year, the FCC revoked the authorizations of China Unicom America and PacNet/ComNet to provide services in the United States due to national security risks they posed to communications in the United States.

“Now, together with our national security partners, we are taking additional steps to close the door on these companies by adding them to the FCC’s Covered List. This action demonstrates our government-wide efforts to protect network security and privacy. .”

The ban on China Telecom Americas was implement in October last year.

In a statement, former US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach praised the FCC for imposing the ban.

“Chinese telecom operators are tools of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state,” he said. “The worst dictators in history could only dream of such instruments of oppression.

“The Defeat of the Clean Network against the CCP [Chinese Communist Party’s] The attempt to dominate the global 5G infrastructure serves as a proven and replicable model to fend off the Chinese government’s technological and economic threats, which are not limited to 5G.

“The CCP is trying to expand its nefarious influence by trying to control clean energy supply chains, harvest the data of millions of TikTok users, or try to corner the semiconductor market through the through an impending military takeover of Taiwan.

“The government is right to view these Chinese telecommunications companies as an extension of the Chinese government and therefore a threat to our national security. We cannot open the door to the tools of the Chinese surveillance state, nor trust the Chinese to play fair and honor their agreements.

In May 2019, the FCC blocked China Mobile USA from entering the US market, citing a similar threat. The decision was made eight years after the company applied for permission to operate mobile services.

China Unicom is one of the three major mobile operators in China, the others being China Mobile and China Telecom.

The US bans were enacted under the Secure and Reliable Communications Networks Act of 2019.

The law requires the FCC to publish and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security or the safety and security of persons in the United States.

The initial list was published in March 2021. The current list is here.


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