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ZTE Banned From Using Hardware & Software from US Companies for 7 Years

ZTE Banned From Using Hardware & Software from US Companies for 7 Years

The U.S. government slapped a ban on ZTE from buying American telecom equipment as the Chinese company is accused of illegally shipping telecom equipment to Iran and North Korea, Reuters reported. ZTE has been buying the hardware from the USA companies and using in its products which are later shipped to Iran and North Korea.

ZTE "provided information back to us basically admitting that they had made these false statements", said a senior department official. A few years back, both Huawei and ZTE came under scrutiny after the U.S government raised concerns over the national security.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has imposed a denial of export privileges against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China ("ZTE Corporation") and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China ("ZTE Kangxun") (collectively, "ZTE"). Along with a huge penalty of $1.19 billion, ZTE can't use the hardware and software from the U.S. companies for the next seven years. This egregious behavior can not be ignored. Acacia Communications Inc, which got 30 percent of its total 2017 revenue from ZTE, tumbled 35 percent, hitting a near two-year low.

ZTE officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned United Kingdom telecoms providers that use of Chinese based ZTE equipment enhances the risk of a United Kingdom "national security" threat. The majority of the ZTE smartphones in the USA are sold by the carriers. It might also be the first steps through the bureaucratic box ticking mission to officially ban ZTE.

The department's action against ZTE also prohibits large American companies like Qualcomm and Micron Technology from selling their chips and components to ZTE, China's largest listed telecommunications equipment supplier.

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This is a regulatory action and is unrelated to any ongoing trade-related actions.

"ZTE misled the Department of Commerce".

While ZTE can continue to sell its products in the United States, being unable to use parts from Qualcomm, Intel, and other USA companies could prove to be devastating to the firm.

The U.S. government had allowed the company continued access to the U.S. market under the 2017 agreement.

Visitors pass in front of the Chinese telecoms equipment group ZTE Corp booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2018.


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