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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10 Comments

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; 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: 3394; 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: 6040; 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: 52; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Good ole Trump. Lickety spit shine it good

12. dimas

Posts: 3394; 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: 13; 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: 2817; 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: 1539; 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: 1537; 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.

28. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

orange dotard is at it again. how about the fat clown try to stop russia from hacking our government and elections.

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