Trump Expected to Ban Chinese Telecom Equipment From US Networks

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Several other countries, under the pressure of the United States, have banned Huawei's 5G equipment.

Earlier, a USA embassy spokesperson in Bangkok said the United States "advocates for secure telecoms networks and supply chains that are free from suppliers subject to foreign government control or undue influence that poses risks of unauthorised access and malicious cyber activity".

A British government oversight panel that monitors Huawei's activities in the United Kingdom warned past year that it can provide only "limited assurance" that its telecoms equipment poses no threat to national security.

Poland will also nearly certainly exclude Huawei from its efforts to build 5G infrastructure, according to new reports.

Of late, concerns over foreign companies or vendors helping US enemies to infiltrate sensitive computer systems in the country are high after alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

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The U.S. has been citing national security as a reason behind excluding Chinese equipment, alleging their hardware could provide backdoor access to the Chinese government to harm American networks.

It is a complicated process and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results.

The oversight board additionally pointed out medium-term concerns for incoming technologies, including software-defined networking, network virtualisation, edge computing, and 5G.

Announcing the ban before MWC signals to the telecommunication industry that cybersecurity is a top priority for the US, Politico says.

Many countries are eager to deploy next-generation 5G wireless networks to power the rapidly proliferating internet of things, and Chinese firms such as Huawei and ZTE are aggressively pushing to build these networks - at a lower cost than virtually all of their competitors. The communications equipment company is open to supervision by European governments to prove the point. "Because technical issues can always be resolved through the right solutions while ideological issue cannot", states Huawei chief representative Abraham Liu in his Chinese New Year speech. Germany has said it wants high data security standards for its 5G network. As POLITICO first reported last August, it was originally paired with a second order formalizing an interagency team that reviews foreign entities' telecom investment requests.

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