Trump ready to sign executive order that would bar Huawei, ZTE purchases

Trump ready to sign executive order that would bar Huawei, ZTE purchases
Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE are very close to having its telecom equipment banned in the United States in the coming weeks. President Donald Trump may sign an executive order in the new year that would declare national emergency, which will bar U.S. companies from using telecom equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, Reuters reports.

At the moment, a defense policy bill forbids U.S. government from using Huawei and ZTE equipment, but the new executive order escalates the matter even further to impose the restrictions on all U.S. companies.

The executive order doesn't name Huawei and ZTE, instead, it directs Commerce Department to block U.S. companies from buying equipment from foreign telecommunication makers that pose major national security risks.

If President Trump decides to sign it, Huawei and ZTE won't be the only major players hit with the restrictions. Most rural networks in the United States are using Huawei and ZTE telecom equipment, which is almost four times cheaper than the competition. The replacement of this equipment requires time and financial resources that many of these small carriers don't have at the moment.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the text of the order hasn't been finalized yet, so we'll most likely hear about this in the first weeks of 2019.



1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1357; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Thus the 5 G roll out will be delayed in most of this areas even further than it would have been.

3. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

How ever will I survive with just 4G.

4. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

That's what everybody said about 3G when 4G came out.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

If you live rural you may have to survive without your 4G, this would shut the current towers down until they spend the time and money replacing equipment.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Well you might as well live in a cave with your crappy connection.

2. Thanos

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 14, 2018

China surpassing the USA is inevitable.

8. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Lol, what? Follow the news kiddo. Chinese markets are crashing one after another. Stock, automotive sales, banking system, real estate crashing, bad loans, companies going kaput, reserves plummeting, trade going down and dozens of more indicators i can list. China is another bubble that will soon burst. Maximum 1 year more.

13. Xyzdragon

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 2018

I hope china change their policy... but currently sources say us is taking the damage.

23. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Everything you listed in your post can be applied to the US as well. And it's all caused by Trumps so called trade war with china.

5. gamehead unregistered

I mean China bans American products so idgaf

15. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

exactly Amazon isn't allowed to compete with their beloved alibaba owned by goverment puppet Jack Ma.

20. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

Where did you come up with such BS. Amazon is definitely doing business in China but not as successful as the well established Alibaba. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said himself the reason is because, “We mostly tried to roll out what worked well for us in Japan, Germany, the U.K., Spain, France, Italy, the U.S., etc., and it needed more local market customization. If you want me to give one meta-lesson, it’s that one.” Also Japanese, Softbank, owns the biggest share in Alibaba at 30% followed by Yahoo at 15%. Jack Ma only has a measely 7% share. Sometimes failing in a country is not because of protectionism. For example Yahoo failed miserably in the US and the company would have been gone if it weren't for their success in China, primarily through Alibaba. Also China is one of the largest markets for American cars among many expensive highly profitable products. GM sell more cars in China than in the US. What profitable Chinese brand profitable products do you see selling in the US? All I see are dollar store bargain bin products.

6. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

enjoy in 5G E folks...

9. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

The only surveillance hack found in Huawei's equipment to date was ironically implanted by the NSA. Edward Snowden leaked a document in 2012 that show how the NSA's Tailored Access Operations unit conducting covert operation “Shotgiant” beginning in 2007 had succeeded in infiltrating computer servers in Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China by 2010. The success allowed the agency to spy on email communications for Huawei employees, including founder of Huawei, as well as steal the source code for specific Huawei products that could be used to exploit those products for espionage or cyberwarfare purposes. The purpose was to find ties between Huawei and the Chinese gov and also to give NSA the ability to roam through computers and telephone networks of all nations (allied or not) that purchase Huawei equipment to conduct surveillance and, and offensive cyberoperations if required. No evidence of backdoors or Huawei working with the Chinese government were found after a decade of spying and digging into Huawei’s system and devices by a huge NSA taskforce of expert hackers and engineers. This year, Trum administration justified the ban on Huawei products that despite no evidence of backdoors in Huawei products were ever found (besides the NSA installed one, it doesn't mean Huawei will not embed back doors in future products or software updates. To me, I think that is a very weak argument because the Chinese can use the same argument and ban all US products especially given the lengthy list of evidence of NSA spying. In addition to mass surveillance of domestic civilians, Edward Snowden described, "NSA engaged in "dangerous" and "criminal" activity by "hacking" civilian infrastructure networks in other countries such as "universities, hospitals, and private businesses" NSA themselves have claimed to have "direct access" through the "Prism" program to the systems of many major internet companies, including Microsoft, Skype, Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo despite some of these companies later deny NSA's claim (for obvious reasons).

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Facts and truth have no place in US politics.

19. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Stay correct, that will apply to any country not just US. At least we are country with with Rule of Law will trumph any dictatorship in long hall.

10. ZerosAndOnes

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Not a single proof by legit source has ever found any proof of Huawei spying for China. Weird how Obama didn't bother but suddenly the orange monkey is bothered. What a shame that a great company is in trouble over a orange monkey and his pointless trade war.

14. Xyzdragon

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 23, 2018

I dont know about all these Huawei spying but I do believe China and Russia are planning on world domination thru loans and arms. US right now just want to keep their piece. Going back to Colonization?

17. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

That's a bunch of bull. Just read up on some of Snowden's leak and you will quickly know which country does the most unethical monstrosities on this planet. World peace is bad business for the US because it hurts arm sales, which is a huge, but silent, money maker. Also the US runs the most extensive terrorism network in the world. Almost all of the major terrorism organizations are funded and/or trained by the US. The Al Qaeda was breast fed by the CIA in the last century to become a weapon against the Soviets. ISIS was created by the US as an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran's growing influence in the region. These are two good examples of US terrorism programs backfiring. There are many other such organizations still operating in the shadows following orders from the US.

16. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

Why don the chinese monkeys officials allow Amazon/google to compete in china then , they sight security reasons which is bull. Whats goes around comes around. Now they get a taste of their own medicine finally someone who stands up agaisnt the injustice that china been using for years, currency manipulation , subsidized labour , fear on workers to prevent them from asking for more salary. China is guilty of many human rights violations also agsint their citizens who they treat as slaves rather than human labour.

18. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

And yet companies like western/asian companies like Samsung, Apple, Sony etc. keep using Chinese labours despite knowing many of them are working for illegally low wages. Maybe those companies need some punishment as well.

24. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"China is guilty of many human rights violations also agsint their citizens " Yup, the US are saints, just ask the residents of Flint, over 10,000 children poisoned with lead for corrupt political and financial gain.

25. x88yunkw

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

US ban huawei to enter their country, Huawei actually having a very small pieces of cake in US in all times, smartphone market is even 0%. How about China ban Apple to enter China? Apple got huge number of customers using Apple all around in China. LOL.

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