Five Chinese tech firms banned in the US, as declared by the FCC

December 9, 2022
Chinese Products Electronic Technology Banned US FCC Huawei Hytera Hikvision Dahua ZTE Surveillance Cyber Threat

Five Chinese electronic equipment companies, including Huawei, Hytera, Hikvision, Dahua, and ZTE, have been banned in the US based on the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s claims that these tech firms are “unacceptable” threats to national security.

On March 12, 2021, the FCC published the “Equipment and Services Covered by Section 2 of The Secure Networks Act” list or Covered List, which includes numerous companies deemed to pose unacceptable risks to US national security.

 

The five Chinese tech firms in this report were included in the Covered List, which is now formally banned in the US as per a recent FCC announcement.

 

The FCC order, released last November 25, stated that the agency remains committed to protecting the country’s national security. This commitment entails ensuring that risky tech equipment, such as those produced by the banned Chinese tech firms, was not authorised for use within the US borders.

Furthermore, FCC underlines that the new rules are a significant part of their current security measures for protecting American citizens from all national security threats, specifically those that involve telecommunications.

Dahua, Hikvision, and Hytera are obliged to forward documentary evidence of the safeguards put in place by their companies for selling products and devices for government use and surveillance of facilities under critical infrastructure.

The regulator added the Pacific Network Corp and China Unicom (Americas) to the Covered List last September 21 to reduce the reach of Chinese-owned telecom carriers in US networks. Two months later, FCC included the five Chinese tech firms, eventually leading to a full ban.

Reports reveal that the UK also launched similar security rules, prohibiting the installation of Chinese-owned visual surveillance systems on critical government infrastructure. The UK parliament stated that their government’s departments would not utilise surveillance equipment, specifically those connected to departmental core networks.

These actions applied by the agencies intend to minimise or completely wipe out cyberattack threats against the country’s people and organisations.

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