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US FCC reportedly blocks Huawei Lab to certify for wireless equipment

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US continues to target Huawei from moving towards advanced powerful techs following which the FCC organization has now blocked the Chinese tech giant’s lab from certifying for wireless equipment. It certainly seems a part of China’s crackdown.

The story begins when Huawei tries to request an extension of its Lab that expired this Tuesday. However, the US regulators barred the tech giant from joining the equipment authorization program, denying Chinese firms participation in the U.S.

Report states that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is prohibiting Huawei Lab and a few other companies like ZTE from the foreign franchise as they are accused of being a threat to the security of America and its consumers.

Further details mention that the FCC aims to opt for a bipartisan proposal to check telecom firms, their employees, and test labs certified with wireless devices do not link with such sectors (Chinese particularly) that act as a risk to the nation’s security.

A bipartisan proposal could block Huawei and other Chinese companies permanently from playing any role in the equipment certification. It will also bring useful tools to the FCC and its security partners for shielding the equipment authorization program.

FCC Chairwoman – Jessica Rosenworcel says:

“The agency must ensure that our equipment authorization program and those entrusted with administering it can rise to the challenge posed by persistent and ever-changing security and supply chain threats.”

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel (Image Credits: SCMP)

This is not the first time that the FCC barred the Huawei test lab in the US from getting certified for wireless equipment. The organization has opted for the same in November 2022, banning approvals of new telecoms equipment from Huawei and ZTE.

FCC even added a few labs like Kaspersky, China Telecom, China Mobile International USA, Pacific Networks, and China Unicom to the list of companies posing a threat to U.S. security.

Huawei and ZTE have been surfing this challenging scenario since 2020. Although the target has now reached the existing test labs in the US. FCC Commissioner, Brendan Carr quotes:

“This proposal will ensure that the test labs and certification bodies that review electronic devices for compliance with FCC requirements are themselves trustworthy actors that the FCC can rely on.”

(Source – SCMP)

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