The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unanimously decided to permanently stop installing equipment in telecom networks, as well as revoke licenses already granted for this type of installation by Chinese companies deemed “national security threats” and whose names are on the White House blacklist, as with Huawei and ZTE.
Under approved rules, the FCC can also revoke licenses for already installed equipment, requiring companies or the state to remove this type of structure.
According to the regulator, Brendan Carr, since 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized the application of more than three thousand Huawei devices.
In an official statement, the Chinese giant called the FCC’s decision “the result of an error and unnecessary punitive action.”
Huawei is trying to maintain access to global markets after the previous US administration cut off the company’s access to US technology, including processor chips or Google services.
“This is a very unfair situation for Huawei. It hurt us a lot,” President Ken Hu said at a press conference at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, southern China.
Huawei, which denies accusations that it is responsible for cooperating with Chinese intelligence services, has sold its low-cost mobile phone brand Honor, hoping to restore sales and avoid sanctions against the parent company.
Huawei has said it has a stockpile of “chips” for its high-end mobile phones, but executives acknowledged that they will soon run out.
Washington extended sanctions last year preventing global suppliers from using US technology to produce “chips” for Huawei.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei said last February that there was little chance of the sanctions being lifted.