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“Influence and control”: US bans next telecom provider

The US is revoking the license for the US market for the next major Chinese mobile operator. After China Telecom, China Unicom Americas, one of the largest wireless providers in the world, now has to stop its services. This is from a message from Reuters news agency from. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revoked its license from China Unicom Americas, one of the world’s largest wireless service providers, over “serious national security concerns”. This prohibits the telecommunications company from providing national and international telecommunications services in the United States. According to the FCC, the provider must now fully withdraw from the US market within 60 days. In October, the government had already announced this move for another telecom provider.

The big problem: the company is owned by the state

China Unicom is a state-owned company. The company currently operates in more than 30 countries and regions with its own networks and owns more than 40 submarine and 20 terrestrial cable systems for worldwide Internet connections.

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“The injunction finds that China Unicom Americas, a U.S. subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned company, is subject to exploitation, interference and control by the Chinese government and is likely to be forced to comply with claims by the Chinese government without adequate legal process from independent judicial oversight subject to compliance,” the FCC said. “The injunction states that the ownership and control of China Unicom Americas by the Chinese government poses significant national security and law enforcement risks by providing the opportunity for China Unicom Americas, its parent companies and the Chinese government to access, on hitting, jamming, and/or misdirecting US communications, which in turn allows them to engage in espionage and other harmful activities against the United States.” The withdrawal of the permit had been prepared for a long time. Back in 2019, US Senators Tom Cotton and Charles Schumer asked the FCC to review the China Telecom and China Unicom licenses that allowed them to operate in the United States. As a result, other Chinese companies had not even been licensed to operate in the US. Also see:

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