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US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Bans Imports and sales of Chinese telecommunications and surveillance products

Updated on 2022-11-27: FCC Bans Imports from Five Chinese Telecoms

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has barred the import and sales of Chinese telecommunications and surveillance products from Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hikvision, and Dahua and their subsidiaries over national security risks. FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel notes, “While we’ve flagged equipment as posing a national security risk, prohibited companies from using federal funds to purchase them, and even stood up programs to replace them, for the last several years the FCC has continued to put its stamp of approval on this equipment through its equipment authorization process.” The new rule means FCC will no longer permit the products to be submitted for the equipment authorization process.

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  • This is the more traditional supply chain security we’re used to, and is still relevant, even in a post-SolarWinds world. Don’t forget to consider the security of your suppliers, to include country of origin and influencers of the OEM process. This decision effectively bans the purchase of these brands within the US. Note that concerns with these manufacturers go back several years, and while this does introduce risks of having to purchase more expensive alternatives, a compromise can rapidly outstrip any money saved here.
  • A bit of bureaucratic housecleaning being implemented by the FCC. The ban on imports does even the playing field for US technology providers that face growing tech nationalism policies by some countries.
  • This ban is not surprising, but it will be interesting to see how this will change the landscape. On the smartphone side, we did not see much of Huawei, which is sold in many countries overseas. What we did see in the US were Huawei booths for their networking equipment at many of the conferences. We also have many enterprises that use Hikvision DVR and cameras. What will this mean for existing customers? Will they be able to get updates? Will there be a reciprocal reaction? It’s hard to tell, as US telecom players have sometimes had a more challenging time penetrating the Chinese market.

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