The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently collecting data on U.S. operators using Huawei and ZTE network devices,media reported. The move follows a decision in November to ban the use of its $8.5 billion one-year universal services fund to buy equipment and services from Chinese companies.
Since the FCC proposes that telecom operators that receive the money will need to withdraw and replace the Huawei and ZTE devices they use, the commission said Wednesday local time that it would collect data to compensate smaller rural operators for the costs.
“Huawei and ZTE were initially identified as threats to national security,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in an emailed statement. We are moving quickly to make sure that the devices and services of these vendors are embedded in our communications network and help them remove them where they have a foothold. “
In addition to the FCC’s actions, Huawei was blacklisted by the U.S. in May 2019, when it was added to the U.S. “entity list.” Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that essentially banned Huawei’s u.S. operations in light of national security concerns about its close ties to the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Both Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to requests for comment.