US FCC bans China Mobile from operating in America

After banning Huawei from supplying its 5G network equipment to the US last year, the Trump administration on the advice of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has blocked Chinese vendor ‘China Mobile’ from providing its voice and multimedia services across the United States due to national security concerns.

The decision was taken unanimously after gaining a 5-0 vote on the review of a 2011 application put forward by China Mobile USA segment to provider phone call services between the US and other countries- mainly from Asia.

Sources familiar with the developments say that the decision was taken after law enforcement services like FBI and CIA jointly recommended the request to reject the Chinese government funded company which is touted to be a threat Donald Trump led the nation.

“Pretty soon, the decision to review all other services from China will be taken by the FCC and if necessary additional actions like reviewing some of the earlier authorizations granted to the carriers might also be taken. Currently, two other service providers- China Unicom and China Telecom are under our radar”, says Brendan Carr, the Republican FCC Commissioner.

The ban imposes on Huawei earlier and now on China Mobile gives us a clear understanding of us on the simmering ties between the US and China in recent past.

President Donald Trump on a number of occasions has accused China on conducting espionage on the critical infrastructure of the United States through its products and services. And as a result of the soaring relationship between two nations, the US is expected to raise tariffs on Chinese imports from 8% to 23% from this coming Monday.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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