It’s no secret that lawmakers and agencies in the United States view Huawei and ZTE products as security threats to the United States. There have been repeated calls to ensure that their products aren’t used by government officials. President Trump has now signed a law banning the U.S. government and government contractors from using devices made by these two Chinese manufacturers.
The ban is a part of the broader Defense Authorization Act that has been signed into law today by President Trump. It will see Huawei and ZTE devices largely being banned from the corridors of power.
This ban will go into effect over the next two years. It will not allow the U.S. government or any contractor that wants to work with the country’s government to use products from Huawei, ZTE, and some other Chinese companies.
The ban is extended to the use of Huawei and ZTE services or components which are “critical” or “essential” to the system they’re being used in. Some components from the two companies are still allowed but the limitation is that they can’t be used to view or route data.
Huawei has responded to the ban, saying that it’s a “random addition” to the defense bill and that it’s “ineffective, misguided, and unconstitutional.” The company also added that it has failed to identify real security risks associated with these products.