Wednesday, 25 September 2019 11:11

US seeks funds to remove Huawei, ZTE gear from rural providers

US seeks funds to remove Huawei, ZTE gear from rural providers Pixabay

Legislation supported by both sides of politics in the US seeks a sum of US$1 billion to help small and rural wireless providers replace equipment made by Chinese vendors Huawei Technology and ZTE Corporation.

The bill was proposed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to protect the "nation’s communications networks from foreign adversaries by helping small and rural wireless providers root-out suspect network equipment and replace it with more secure equipment".

Reuters reported that the bill would be discussed on Friday, US time.

A similar bill was approved in July to provide about US$700 million to remove Huawei equipment from the American telecommunications network supply chain.

Discussions are going on between the rural and small providers and Ericsson and Nokia to replace the Chinese equipment, the reports said.

For more than two years, the US has been pushing countries it considers allies to avoid using equipment from Chinese companies, Huawei foremost, in 5G networks. But Washington has produced no proof to back up its claims that these products could be used to spy for China.

Australia imposed a ban on Huawei in August last year while Japan has said it would do likewise.

New Zealand has continued to insist that Huawei is not banned from participation in its 5G network rollout, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stating in February and again in April that Wellington would make its own decision on use of the Chinese firm's equipment.

The US put Huawei on its Entity List in May, making it impossible for the Chinese firm to use any American equipment without getting permission. This meant a ban on the use of Google's Android mobile operating system.

Huawei recently released its first phone without Google's apps, utilising the open-source version of Android for the device instead.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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