Trump ready to sign executive order that would bar Huawei, ZTE purchases

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29 December, 2018

While the order is unlikely to explicitly name Huawei or ZTE, the US Department of Commerce officials would see it as an authorisation to limit the spread of telecoms equipment from both companies, Reuters cited an unnamed source as saying.

Instead, the Australian government said in a statement that companies "who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign companies" would be barred from providing 5G equipment.

She said: "It's best to let facts speak for themselves when it comes to security problems".

Britain's defense minister has reportedly voiced "grave" concerns over Huawei's role in the rollout of the U.K.'s 5G network.

Meanwhile, ZTE and Huawei already have plenty of equipment installed through our country, most notably in rural regions.

"This in reality is undoubtedly shutting oneself off, rather than being the door to openness, progress and fairness".

It is expected to be rolled out in Asia and the United States from 2020.

The US president could issue the order, which has been under consideration for more than eight months, as soon as in January, three sources familiar with the events told Reuters.

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Neither Huawei nor ZTE are mentioned by name in the order, the report says, but the USA is looking to cut the two companies out of the United States network equipment market, concerned that they may be working with the Chinese government and that their equipment can be used to spy on Americans.

Huawei has defended its global ambitions and network in the face of Western fears that the Chinese telecom giant could serve as a Trojan horse for Beijing's security apparatus.

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said he has "very deep concerns" about Huawei being involved in upgrading the UK's mobile network.

The American Rural Wireless Association, which represents network operators with less than 100,000 subscribers, estimates that a quarter of its members have equipment from the two Chinese firms in their networks.

Huawei will release an updated version of its Huawei P Smart device in 2019, as the company aims to maintain its place as the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer.

It said however, that it would still use some of the company's equipment for products deemed to not be at the core of the network.

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