New bill aims to ban United States gov from using Huawei, ZTE phones

New US Proposed Bill Seeks To Ban Huawei & ZTE's Telecoms Services in The US

Two Republican lawmakers, Representatives Michael Conaway and Liz Cheney, introduced a bill this week that bars the US government from using or contracting with Huawei or ZTE Corp, a Chinese telecommunications and equipment and systems company. The information is said to come from a pair of congressional aides, one of which claims that these lawmakers are telling United States companies that working with either company - China Mobile or Huawei - could negatively impact their options for working with the feds.

Mike Conaway's bill could prohibit US Government from purchasing any telecommunication device from these Chinese manufacturers.

According to Reuters, US authorities are anxious that the wireless carrier's increasingly close ties with the Chinese company - founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in the People's Liberation Army - claiming that it poses "national security concerns". Last summer, the heads of the six major United States intelligence agencies told a Senate Intelligence Committee that they had concerns over using security products from Kaspersky Lab, while the UK's national Cyber Security Centre issued a new guidance over the Russian-company's products, citing concerns about potential connections to the Russian government. Reports also said Huawei was discussing a deal with AT&T but it was later revealed that the deal had collapsed.




The news agency quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang as saying he did not know anything about the matter, but hoped that China would be given a fair operating environment in other countries. A ray of light recently popped up in the dark in form of an agreement with U.S carrier AT&T to release Huawei smartphones in the U.S.

"The next wave of wireless communication has enormous economic and national security implications". However, sources claims that officials are pressuring AT&T to stop offering Huawei phones through its Cricket prepaid subsidiary, and to also stop working with Huawei on 5G network standards.

Huawei has long protested that its equipment contains no backdoors that could threaten U.S. communications infrastructure, however. The report comes on the heels of one of the biggest stories of CES 2018 - namely, that AT&T cancelled plans to sell the company's Mate 10 flagship at the last minute amid political pressure.

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