Trump to sign order banning U.S. carriers from using networking gear from China

Trump to sign order banning U.S. carriers from using networking gear from China
In the U.S., some Chinese phone manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE are considered to be national security threats by lawmakers. The government has already warned allies not to use Huawei networking equipment for the 5G networks under development in their countries; the fear is that back doors are built into the gear, allowing confidential information to be collected and sent to the communist Chinese government.

Despite denials by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and chairman Liang Hua, the company was charged last month by the Justice Department with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile.  The carrier already won $4.8 million in a civil suit against the phone and network equipment manufacturer for literally stealing parts of a robot called "Tappy" that the wireless provider used to test mobile phones. Now, the DOJ is charging Huawei criminally for stealing T-Mobile's technology.

The relationship between the U.S. and China has deteriorated partly because of the trade war between the two countries, and partly because of the constant attacks on Huawei by U.S. lawmakers. A report in Politico says that President Donald Trump, architect of the trade war, is expected to sign an executive order that will ban U.S. carriers from using networking equipment from any Chinese manufacturer. And to drive the point home, Trump is expected to sign the order next week, just before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona. This year, the show will take place from February 25th to February 28th.

According to an anonymous industry source, "There’s a big push to get it out before MWC." The timing is designed to let the wireless world know that the U.S. is putting cybersecurity first. But Huawei remains the world's number one source of networking equipment, and major carriers around the world are now planning the build out of their next-gen 5G networks. The Trump administration wants other countries to follow the lead from the U.S. One source close to the administration says, "Contracts are going out now. Extra stigma could change the situation out in the countries on this major decision." Besides Huawei, ZTE also is a major producer of networking equipment, and the pair have both been branded national security threats by Congress since 2012.

In China, the country's telecom firms are mandated by law to help the communist government with their intelligence operations. That is one of the reasons why U.S. lawmakers worry about phones and networking equipment from China. Back in December, Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Japan's SoftBank both agreed to drop Huawei equipment from their networks. This was a condition that the Trump administration demanded in exchange for Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approval of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. Deutsche Telekom is T-Mobile's parent company while SoftBank owns the vast majority of Sprint.

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1. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

One of the very few things i can support from this orangutan.

2. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Enjoy the next SIX years of Trump being YOUR president, LOSER.

3. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Being poor and uneducated must make life very hard for you.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

That didn’t sound bigoted at all.

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You need to work on your sarcasm.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, Trump has historically low approval ratings. The man failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as he promised, He failed to get Mexico to pay for a wall as he promised, he's failed to get the wall built as he promised, he is responsible for the country's longest government shutdown, his one major legislative victory, the tax overhaul, is angering his base because they're now discovering that they owe the government money for the first time as a direct result from his tax break for the 1%. And there are 17 ongoing investigations going on regarding his campaign, inauguration committee, campaign, foundation, organization and so on... Every one of his close associates who has been indicted and have gone before a judge has pleaded guilty, or been found guilty by a jury whose members have been on the record stating that the amount of evidence was so overwhelming that it was impossible to return a verdict other than guilty. And you somehow still support him? Even if you still like the guy and support his cause, you're still content with his efforts after his leaked schedule shows that he only works a couple hours a day, a fraction of every other president before him? It's not exactly like he's working hard trying to make the country "Great again". lol.

9. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“289 accomplishments in just 20 months”. I like those obvious triggered “lol’s” you threw in there, though.

10. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

That's the fake news he keeps babbling on eh?

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"289 accomplishments"? What, did you pull that number from your butt? I cite several specific examples as to how Trump is a failure and you provide an arbitrary number that provides absolutely zero evidence of anything... I mean, I've been told Trump supporters were dumb, but you take that statement to a whole new level. Here's a number for you, Obama had 765 accomplishments in the same time during his presidency, suddenly Trump is a loser again, using the same logic and level of effort that you were willing to put into your argument to defend him.

14. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Not gonna lie. I read a few words until I realized you could’ve just added “tldr; orange man bad” to save time. I guess in 2019, folk still don’t know what a google search is.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So then you openly admit that you're ignorant and incapable of any legitimate defense of the worst president in America's history?

18. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

A biopic, a dedicated concert, and a cute nickname “Notorious RBG”. How long do you think they are going to stretch out the swan song before President Trump gets his third appointment?

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You're a pretty sick individual for openly anticPhoneArenating the death of a federal judge for the sake of strengthening your political party's influence on the country. I would hope that the Democrats pull a Mitch McConnell and deny Trump's nomination if she were to pass. It would be fair not only because Republicans pulled the same nonsense but also because it's not right that since 2000, there are now 4 supreme court justices that were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote. This country is being shaped by the ignorant minority of its citizens due to Republicans one-sided gerrymandering.

27. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

"You're a pretty sick individual for openly anticPhoneArenating the death of a federal judge" Nah, what's sick is celebrating passing abortion laws that allow killing infants in the third trimester. The left somehow are gravitated to being sure they have the ability to kill babies. Anyway, swan song... retirement... there, held you hand and explained it for you.

31. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And the right actively lock up children on a daily basis. The irony of your plea is lost on you. Then again, Trump supporters have never been ones to admit hypocrisy, now have they? What are you gonna say next: Those kids don’t count cuz they’re illegal so we should treat them like garbage? f**k you. f**k people like you. f**k the family who raised you.

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Worse than Bush? He allowed the world trade center towers to fall (along with building 7) with them full of people for the sake of the heroin trade that the Taliban tried to end. If you're done with Trump we'll take him up here in Canada. Trudeau has ruined my country... we're in desperate need of someone like Trump...we need a real business man instead of a drama teacher that can cry at will. Never thought I'd say this, but a wall is needed between your country and mine... badly.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Bush was a crap president, I don't hold him accountable for the world trade center attacks, that was the result of decades of bad relations and strife between cultures. I do hold Bush responsible for the recession that lasted until late 2009, at which point abruptly started to turn around. I also don't think that Bush's actions as president were self serving, I can't say the same about VP Cheney, he was a crook, but nowhere on the same level as Trump.

25. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Fair enough. Hypothetical question: would Hillary be running your country better? And if yes...how so?

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, for one, she doesn't live in an alternate reality, Trump was saying that Mexicans were taping women up, and were driving supercars back and forth across the border and that they were finding prayer rugs at the border... there are no reports of any of that happening. but all of that is in the movie Sicario: Day of the Soldado. He also says that ISIS is defeated in Syria, that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, that the North Korea threat is over and that most of the illegals in the country come from Mexico, but our intelligence agencies and actual federal reports all say the opposite on each and every one of those statements. Also, his tax plan is also revealing itself to be a burden on the middle class, as people are reporting in mass that they owe the government money for the first time ever. Also, all economic growth and unemployment rates up to this point simply continue a trend that was established back in 2009, and the best numbers for any of Trump's quarters still don't beat Obama's records so the ONE major bragging point trump has about his time in office is that he has yet to screw up an already strong economy. Lastly, Trump said that under Obama, the world was laughing at us, but it wasn't until he gave his speech in front of the UN that it actually happened. Hillary not only has extensive political experience, she's also the most traveled Secretary of state with established diplomatic ties to all of our allied nations, Trump has done irreparable damage to America's standing in the world, started unnecessary trade wars costing American industry billions, feuding with countries closest to us to the point to where their leaders are quoted saying the United States can no longer be relied upon, and cozying up to dictatorial regimes.

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Edited out a duplicate post.

17. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Did you say six years of investigations? Gotcha...

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So the US continues to fight and block China but won't do a thing about American corporations spying and collecting our data for profit as they too continue to use back doors to spy on it's own citizens and allies. I'm still waiting for China or someone else to declare Apple a security risk, or American companies in general. I wouldn't trust Apple or Google if I were China, I don't trust them as an American.

13. dimas

Posts: 3344; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I am not an american but I am 100% sure the U.S. don't support everything trump is doing. Stop being collective, the article says trump so let's stick to criticizing one guy.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's not spying, This is the nature of smart devices, they collect data for the sake of providing services that work for the user. Stop obsessing over something that's a non-issue, if you don't like it, don't use "smart devices". I will however still criticize Apple AND Google for holding money in other countries for the sake of avoiding taxes. Be proud of the country that allowed your companies to flourish and be willing to pay your fair share.

6. BigVanVader

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Good ole Trump. Lickety spit shine it good

12. dimas

Posts: 3344; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"executive order that will ban U.S. carriers from using networking equipment from any Chinese manufacturer." Any chinese manufacturer as in all of them? Well, he could just single out a few companies but no, he have to include everybody just to make it easier for him. Good luck to the american business if this will continue.

19. XiPingpong

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 26, 2019

This will make a trade war against China inevitable! USA/NSA spy on everyone everywhere, so the world should ban carriers... from using anything made in USA! US iPhones made in China are probably the worst thing you can buy if you do not want both USA/NSA and China to know everything about you and your company...!

23. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Mr Mushroom is loosing it! There is no proof that Huawei for example was spying! So they want all carriers to use (Cisco) which had/has NSA backdoors, that would be massive spying on the U.S citizens. Dump Trump!

24. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It's always funny to see uneducated people making a technical decision on a large scale. It's even funnier when you realize, that this is not rare and just in the US, but everywhere in the world - cavemen not even trying to grasp the function of said technology but making a decision anyway.

26. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Japan's SoftBank both agreed to drop Huawei equipment from their networks." Deutsche Telekom, has not banned Huawei, what they said was that they will "review" the situation after pressure from the US, thay also said at the same time that Europe would fall behind China and the US by at least 2 years if a ban was implemented. They also said even if a ban on Huawei happened for the 5G rollout they would not tear out all their 4G equipment which is built by Huawei, so the Huawei tech would still be in the network. As for Softbank and Japan, well they just do whatever the US tells them as they rely completely on the US for defence.

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