The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just banned communication devices from five of the notable Chinese OEMs – Huawei, ZTE, Dahua, Hikvision, and Hytera.
This is in line with the last year’s Secure Equipment Act, which was signed by Joe Biden to protect the US national security, citing potential spying activities for the Chinese government. Although, these allegations were dismissed by the concerned companies.
For the Sake of National Security
With the US and China growing as the two big world economies and fighting over various trade deals, either of them is slapping bans on several pieces of equipment to be used in their nations. With respect to the US, the Trump administration, followed by Biden’s, has been blocking several Chinese companies from operating in their nation.
In the name of protecting national security, they’ve enacted laws that may prevent US companies from trading with certain Chinese OEMs, especially in sensitive areas. One of them is the Secure Equipment Act, which was signed by the Biden administration last year.
Based on this, the FCC has now ordered a ban on the sale and import of visual and communication devices from the following companies – ZTE, Huawei Technologies, Dahua Technology Co, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd, and Hytera Communications Corp Ltd. Talking on this, the FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said
“These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications.”
Well, responding to this move, Hikvision said this would do nothing to the US national security, as FCC stated, but will only burden the local authorities, schools, and individuals in managing their security. Additionally, it will continue to serve US customers “in full compliance” with all the local regulations.
Last year, the US Department of Commerce banned DJI citing similar risks. The company was put on an Entity List – forcing the companies to seek special permission to trade with the US companies.