The American government, through the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), is making a major effort to stop telecommunications companies from using Huawei and ZTE equipment. The FCC has created a reimbursement program that aims to replace equipment and infrastructure for Chinese companies.

Presumably, the intention is to place equipment and infrastructures from companies that the FCC considers “reliable”. As we know, Huawei and ZTE are suspected of creating vulnerabilities in their equipment to facilitate spying for the Chinese government. These suspicions led to the banning of companies in the United States.

Thus, it seems that there is no going back: it is unlikely that Huawei and ZTE will ever be able to enter the North American market again, either through mobile phones or infrastructure.

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FCC is collecting information about Huawei and ZTE

In addition to encouraging operators to change equipment, the FCC is also investigating and collecting information about all the hardware present in the country, from the companies mentioned. FCC Director Ajit Pai says the commission plans to make a final decision regarding Huawei and ZTE.

Therefore, it seems that this decision will not be anything positive. The director also stresses that the FCC “is working hard to identify where the equipment of these suppliers is located, so that we can remove it effectively”.

The FCC is questioning all operators about what type of hardware from Huawei and ZTE is used. In addition, the commission is also questioning the costs associated with buying and installing new equipment and infrastructure. Operators have until April 22 to answer questions.

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