United States opposes China Telecom’s offer to continue operating in the United States

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The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to reject China Telecom Corp’s offer to continue providing services in the United States, after the telecommunications regulator revoked his authorization to operate last month. The US branch of China’s largest telecommunications company this month asked the District of Columbia’s US Court of Appeals to block the order.

“China Telecom has no chance of succeeding in its claims,” ​​attorneys for the Department of Justice and the FCC wrote in a court filing on Wednesday. China Telecom Americas, which declined to comment on Wednesday, was ordered on Oct. 26 by the FCC to shut down US services by early January for national security reasons.

The FCC said that China Telecom “is subject to the operation, influence and control of the Chinese government and is very likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government demands without sufficient legal procedures subject to judicial oversight. independent “. The FCC added, “It is undisputed that China Telecom is wholly owned by a Chinese entity, which in turn is majority owned and controlled by a Chinese state-owned company.

China Telecom, which has been licensed in the past 20 years to provide telecommunications services in the United States, had more than 335 million subscribers worldwide in 2019. It also provides services to Chinese government facilities in the states. -Unis and warned that the FCC’s action would force it to “end all of its mobile resale service in the United States.”

China Telecom said it must notify its customers of the decision by December 4 and said that without a temporary halt in FCC action, it “will be forced to cease major operations, irreparably harming to its activities, reputation and relationships “. The FCC has rejected arguments claiming that there is “little basis” to speculate that “China Telecom’s reputation for reliable service is fatally undermined by a government order requiring it to cease providing services” .

In March, the FCC began revoking the authorization granted to China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks and its wholly-owned subsidiary ComNet to provide telecommunications services in the United States. In May 2019, the FCC voted unanimously to deny Chinese telecommunications company China Mobile Ltd the right to provide US services.

Last year, the FCC named Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp as national security threats to communications networks.

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