US President Donald Trump is likely to ban Chinese telecom equipment from US wireless networks by signing an executive order. And this could be as soon as next week.
Quoting from anonymous sources, the Trump administration wants to issue the order before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, the world’s largest mobile industry show, which runs from 25-28 February in Barcelona.
The order, which was previously expected in January, would have a major impact on Huawei and ZTE even if it doesn’t name them specifically. These two Chinese mobile companies have been accused by the US government of posing national security risks.
The White House wants to get the order out ahead of the MWC to highlight the importance of cybersecurity in contracts for tech infrastructure.
This comes after a report that the US State Department is discouraging European countries from using equipment made by Huawei for its 5G infrastructure.
Here’s some recap:
In August 2018, Trump signed a bill prohibiting the US government and its contractors from buying certain equipment from Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies.