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FCC chief to oppose China Mobile’s plea for US entry

WASHINGTON: The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Wednesday that he would oppose China Mobile’s application to provide cell service to Americans because of security concerns, sinking the company’s chances of entering the US market. “It is clear that China Mobile’s application to provide telecommunications services in our country raises substantial and serious national security & law enforcement risks,” Ajit Pai, the chairman, said in a statement.

He said the full commission would vote on the proposal in May. The vote of Pai, a Republican, carries tremendous sway because his party holds three of the five commission seats.

The rejection escalates the US’ battle against China’s expanding influence in the technology and telecommunications industry. The Trump administration has focused most intensely on Huawei, China’s largest telecom equipment company. The White House has accused Huawei of being an arm of the Chinese government that can be used for spying or to sabotage communications networks. Huawei has denied the accusations.

The American government has stopped Huawei from selling equipment for the next generation of cellular technology, known as 5G, in the US. But the administration’s effort to persuade other countries to avoid Huawei’s equipment has run into resistance in many places. China Mobile, one of the largest cellular providers in the world, applied for a license to connect calls between the US and other nations in 2011.

News credit : Indiatimes