President Donald Trump has officially banned the US government in using Huawei and ZTE technology through a bill entitled Defense Authorization Act. This will take effect over the next two years.
This action has been made as many viewed that the two major Chinese telecommunications company are national security threats.
In June, the Senate passed an amendment that will reinstate a trade ban on ZTE, potentially shutting down the company. However, the House did not follow through.
In the end, the Congress decided on the extent that will essentially ban the US government or anyone who would want to work with the US government from using any modules from Huawei, ZTE, or a number of other Chinese communications company.
The ban covers the use of Huawei and ZTE modules or services in relation to anything ‘essential’ and ‘critical’ to the system their using. Some components from the said telco companies are still allowed as long as they cannot be used to route or view data.
On the other hand, Huawei called the ban a “random addition” to the defense bill that was “ineffective, misguided, and unconstitutional.” In addition to this, Huawei said that the ban would increase costs for consumers and businesses.
The Commerce Department has already negotiated a deal and lifted the ban, but it was unclear if Trump would sign a bill reversing those decisions.
Source: The Verge