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Trump may issue an executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE from the U.S.

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2018 saw Huawei and ZTE face tough criticism from the United States regarding the national security threat the White House says both companies pose on the country, and as we head into the new year, it doesn't look like things are going to be lightening up at all.

According to a report from Reuters, President Trump could issue an executive order as early as January 2019 that would require the Commerce Department to stop the sale of any and all telecommunications equipment from foreign brands that are seen as a national security threat. Although not currently named explicitly in the order, this would clearly have a big impact on Huawei and ZTE.

Per the report:

The executive order would invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a law that gives the president the authority to regulate commerce in response to a national emergency that threatens the United States. The issue has new urgency as U.S. wireless carriers look for partners as they prepare to adopt next generation 5G wireless networks.

Neither company responded to Reuters with a comment on the news, nor did the White House.

Should the order go through, it's noted that it could have serious implications on rural businesses throughout the country.

Rural operators in the United States are among the biggest customers of Huawei and ZTE, and fear the executive order would also require them to rip out existing Chinese-made equipment without compensation. Industry officials are divided on whether the administration could legally compel operators to do that.While the big U.S. wireless companies have cut ties with Huawei in particular, small rural carriers have relied on Huawei and ZTE switches and other equipment because they tend to be less expensive.

Considering everything the U.S. has put Huawei and ZTE through this past year, a move like this doesn't come as a surprise at all. Here's to seeing what happens in the coming days.

Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones in 2018

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

42 Comments
  • Good! Now Canada needs to follow and ban Huawei. China is already on a rampage with it's cyber espionage on companies IP and pretty got where they are so fast from copying and stealing.
    Can't trust having any of their networking equipment being used in any companies networks especially for the next 5G and so on.
  • You act like The United States isn't doing it also.... LMFAO,get off of your low horse
  • United States isn't innocent but their companies and government isn't trying to steal IP technology from other companies to go ahead like China has been doing and still will continue to do so. China is already known throughout the world of their cyber attacks on specific kind of companies in key areas to further their development.
  • You're clueless. If you think the US government does not do worse
  • So enlighten me on what the U.S is doing worse? The NSA eavesdropping on its ppl? Spying on their allies? Again, while the U.S doesn't have the best reputation around the world I don't see other countries banning specific equipment or in specific networking telcomm equipment from U.S companies bec they have this reputation. I get it there are other companies from other countries they can use. You do realize you have a lot freedom to say, watch and do things than compared to it's ppl in China. Their government controls everything from what comes in and goes out.
  • Things like social media ie Facebook , Instagram and all....it's so easy for the US government to spy on us. Cameras everywhere, location services with Google etc.... It's everywhere. If you are worried about getting spied on then it's way too late
  • Given the new era we live in with all these electronics /social media it's more easier than ever so I'm not worried about being monitored as this was already going on for sometime. The fact we have terrorist attacks coming from foreign countries including homegrown is it not expected that the government has the right monitor as much as possible to prevent these from ever happening? Not to mention China is already known for furthering itself by trying to steal technology from it's cyber attacks. So banning a Chinese company's telecom equipment like Huawei's from current use and future uses in key networking areas is the right step going forward in eliminating that possiblity of the next 5G wireless network or any hard wired network in telecomm carriers and etc from being compromised.
  • But that's the thing, you're ok for spying for some but against it for others. I don't get that. What is the harm of using a Huawei phone really? I think the issue is actually more about the competition. The Chinese are a threat in terms of competition to the US market. If Huawei comes in, using their own tech, their own SoCs and and services and become number one (which they are totally capable of doing), that wouldn't sit well here. I honestly think this is the primary reason why their devices are gonna get banned. It wasn't an issue before but now all of a sudden it is?
  • Yes, all countries spy /monitor each other. However, China is the ONLY country known for it's cyber attacks on foreign companies especially in the U.S for years that has already stolen and is still trying to steal IP technology and etc to catch up in areas it's behind /weak in and eventually go ahead in those areas. Easier to improve on that technology than trying to build it from scratch. Huawei is already an example of that with it's networking equipment from Cisco systems and a bunch of other companies. That county is built on a lot of theft, counterfeit products and etc from it's domestic companies that it's government knows and supports it. Probably encourage s that too! Huawei is being targeted because of their heavy involvement around the world in trying to be the dominate leader by pushing their equipment and technology for the next 5G wireless networks and etc. Given the close ties with the military what would prevent them from giving access to their equipment them and government if their equipment is widely use? The Chinese government that has already so much control with everything there on its ppl and companies, doing cyber espionage targetting specific companies and having access to service providers networks would give them even more access to all kinds of info without being noticed /detected. So limiting thier products also in the phone catagory I can understand them being banned from government use for security reasons.
  • You think that's going to stop them 🤦‍♂️
  • Obviously not! At least that eliminates that possiblity of ever happening!
  • On a side note: I had the Huawei P20 Lite and I was buying something online when it frooze and turned off. Contacted Huawei and they said my phone most likely updated, but really? No phone updates without permission. So now my phone crashed and broked :/
  • I usually wait on updates to make sure it's a good one, but a push update without permission is something you can't do anything about. I've seen carriers do an update without permission, but not a manufacturer.
  • I turned my off since I bought it just in case this happened. Have work for me so far. My friend wasn't so lucky but a quick reset worked for him.
  • For pre-existing equipment in rural areas, the government should subsidize replacements. Just an opinion though. The whole deal is too bad for phone consumers, because they have come out with some pretty cool stuff, despite some of it being marketing verbiage for tech others have already had.
  • Let's ban everything from China.
  • Like very Android and iPhone 🤣🤣🤣🤣 US government is so retarded.
  • Let's just ban China altogether!
  • What happened to regulating nothing and letting the "free market" magically solve everything? I guess manipulating and exploiting the American people is only acceptable when it's an American company profiting from it. The Chinese ones seemingly don't offer the same kickbacks.
  • Not the same kickbacks, or risks. If the government asked Huawei to give them access to their cameras and microphones, I don't think they would put up a fight.
  • Lol
    So true
  • Stumbling into another crisis from the sound of it, true to form. And from someone who won't use an official secured phone. Biggest threat to democracy recently has come from Russia and American companies such as Facebook, not the Chinese.
  • This. So much this.
  • On point. I honestly think that this is more of a move to slow down a Chinese company from growing because Huawei could become a threat to Apple and Samsung.
  • So naive Russia is not an actor in anything there influence is minor (compared to China) When I was in the army.. all I will say we could not have any of there phones and this was under Bush and Obama. So this is not a Trump thing.
    Now is U.S. as pure as the driven snow...NOPE far from it. But the reason why China is where they are now on Technology is because they are stealing it from other countries... If you could have sat in some of the briefings I did and this was not even presidential level.. you would be surprised what China does...
  • Luckily I just got my M5. Lovely device.
  • I am wondering how this will affect tablets? I was thinking about getting an M5.
  • Trump throwing his toys out the pram again huh. He practically banned them already and they're still rampaging onto record sales without the US. Nice to see they don't bow down to his arrogance
  • It's never too late. Do it !!
  • Now I wanna buy a Huawei phone soooooo bad
  • Some of you are complete idiots. This has nothing to do with espionage and everything to do with Trump being, a petty, ignorant pos.
  • Some of you guys are acting like the U.S. is going rogue with bans on Chinese equipment. Several other countries have already done the same thing and many more are looking into bans as well. Are they all Trump-level paranoid/crazy? That's really what you think?
  • Smart move for sure.
  • Two possibilities on this phone ban. First, Trump's advisors have no clue what's going on. Second, Trump is making a executive decision based on his lack of knowledge on how technology works. This is coming from a President that's tweeting while visiting a covert base in Iraq and giving away the location of the base. This serious threat to all US forces at this base. What an idiot!
  • Sigh then why was Obama and really started under G.W. Bush..doing it. This is not something that trump just decided to do.... In regards to Huawei And on a side note there is no base in Iraq where Iran or ISIS does not know about... I hate trump but this crap is getting out of hand...
  • And this is gold Obama ad attacking MIT Romney in 2012 election guess who he was using https://youtu.be/xCA1uDTDNDE
  • Didn't really bother with their phones, oh well.
    Now to see how people will bash Trump with everything he does.
  • I hope Asian markets ban iPhone's in response. Apple is carrying the USA economy.
  • Yep, and the US economy just tanked 30 percent since September if using apple's stock is the main indicator.
  • I'm sure Trump's rhetoric has absolutely NOTHING to do with people blaming him. I mean I'm sure his America first motto also has NOTHING to do with it.
  • I'd rather the Chinese have my data than the American government. To all you supporters of this move -- What exactly is the Chinese going to do with your data? Where is any proof that this is occurring? Why aren't you flipping out over your OWN government doing the same thing?
  • Because it's ok when their own government does it. All fearmongering. I could kick trudope in the nuts for arresting the Huawei executive. Stay the **** out of it idiot!