The US communications regulator, Federal Communications Commission, has revoked the operating licence of three Chinese telecom operators, China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, and Pacific Networks. All three are owned by the Chinese government. The FCC alleges that these operators are security risks in the USA.
The US government had earlier banned China Telecom (October 2021) and China Unicom (January 2022). Now, the same hammer has fallen on Pacific Networks and its subsidiary ComNet. They have 60 days to discontinue service in the US. A statement by the FCC says:
“The companies’ ownership and control by the Chinese government raise significant national security and law enforcement risks.”
China Telecom Americas is a fully owned subsidiary of China Telecom, the largest Chinese telecommunications company. All three Chinese firms are now banned from providing U.S. telecommunications services.
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