New Delhi, India: According to reports, the US has revoked the licence of one of China's largest telecoms companies, citing "national security" concerns. Within 60 days, China Telecom must cease providing services in the United States.
According to the report, the Chinese government's control of the company allowed it to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications. As a result, it may be able to engage in espionage and other harmful activities against the United States, they said. China Telecom, which has operated in the United States for nearly two decades, described the decision as disappointing. "We plan to pursue all available options while continuing to serve our customers, a statement said.
China Telecom is one of three companies that control the telecoms market in China. With services ranging from broadband internet to mobile and landline telephone networks, the company serves hundreds of millions of customers in 110 countries. The Federal Communications Commission has threatened to shut down China Telecom Americas in April 2020, claiming the company is subject to Chinese government exploitation, influence, and control." According to the report, the company is likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without... independent judicial oversight
It is the latest Chinese telecommunications company It is the latest Chinese telecoms firm to be targeted by US officials over national security concerns. Last year, the FCC designated Huawei and ZTE as threats to communications networks -- making it harder for US firms to buy equipment from them.