The US President bans the use of some Huawei and ZTE products within the government

The US President bans the use of some Huawei and ZTE products within the government
Huawei and ZTE have been the center of government attention for a while now. ZTE was almost banned entirely from the States, while Huawei faced pressure when it tried to enter the US smartphone market. Officials fear that using hardware from the Chinese companies can be a security threat and a bill to limit their presence in government institutions was in the works for several months. That bill was signed by President Trump today and it starts the two-year period over which the needed changes must be made in compliance with the new rules.

The bill will affect not only Huawei and ZTE, but a number of other Chinese manufacturers in the field of communications as well and is also valid for contractors and other outside entities that will work with the government. This means that the commercial impact for the companies will be significant, considering that there are thousands of contractors working for the US government at any given moment.

In case you think this means that some people will just have to switch phones, we have to remind you that Huawei is one of the largest manufacturers of enterprise networking equipment. It supplies a large number of routers, switches and other essential networking hardware.

The bill allows the use of equipment from the targeted companies when there is no way it could be used to potentially transmit data to third parties, meaning hardware that is not connected to the internet in any way, can still be supplied by Huawei and the rest.

Unsurprisingly, Huawei disagrees with the measures against them and their competitors and argues that the US government didn’t provide proof of misconduct on their behalf that would justify the ban.

It’s unclear yet if Huawei and company will try to appeal the law, but we’re sure some of their competitors are looking forward to increased sales over the next couple of years.

source: US Congress via The Verge

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9 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Part of the trade war.

5. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

It could be trade war, however no know one day Hauwei can update it software and able microphone or camera and listen in. Better safe the sorry.

8. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

All American phones and electronics already have this feature built-in along with other spyware as required by the NSA. This has been well documented and reported in the past few years. I'm sure the chinese will soon follow suit with software updates like you say. Therefore, if you want to be 100% safe from government spyware, buy Samsung.

2. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

They probley all use subsidized iphones anyways

4. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It’s not just about phones..

3. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Does this mean I should stop using '360 Total Security' for the very same reason?

6. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I am curious how europe and the rest of middle asia will react to this bill.

9. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Most are already running networks on Huawei equipment, it will be business as usual. Most of the UK's 4G network is Huawei and the ones that are not seem to be switching to them for example Three recently announced they are dropping Nokia and have signed up with Huawei for 5G

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Probably Trump is working with Apple on this and this was the meeting. Trump probably told Cook, all incoming products that receive and transmit data that are made n China are gonna be hit with a tariff. It's gonna have to include Apple's products. But to get you more business, I will ban Chinese manufacturers and we will sign a new deal which will garner you more iPhone and iPad sales, so that you can circumvent the tariff costs with more sales. Because we already know the Gov't is in bed with many corporations, especially those that will scratch my back and I will scratch your mentality and Apple is surely one of those. Microsoft wasn't one of those and that is why the feds tried to break them up, because Ms didn't wanna play ball. But some will do ANYTHING for money. By banning ZTE and Huawei from the Gov't and having carriers follow suite, they prevented more lower cost options for phones that we know are better than Apple's offerings, that would have given Apple increased competition because Apple would not be able to fight pricing. Huawei is right. The US showed no proof that Huawei should be included in this ban. Just like they showed no proof Osama created 9/11.

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