ZTE Ban Gets Murkier as US Senators Seek Clarification
If you thought the ZTE saga was drawing to a close in the US, you might have another think coming.
The US government imposed a seven-year ban on selling US components in April. This caused the telecoms vendor to shut up shop in May. President Trump's administration put together a rescue deal in early June. (See ZTE Ceases Business Operations After US Ban and ZTE Fined Another $1B in Rescue Deal With US.)
US Senators rejected that top-down approach later in the month, however, causing the companies stock to tumble again. (See ZTE Tumbles Again as US Senate Rejects Rescue Deal.)
Now Republication Sentaors Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, as well as Democrat Chris Van Hollen are writing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for more information on one specific element of the initial April 15 denial order, which they reiterate broad support for.
"The Denial Order... has created uncertainty as to whether telecommunications operators and other customers can take actions to remove ZTE items from their network infrastructure and install products from other suppliers, and whether other suppliers can take actions to provide these customers with alternative products to ZTE items," the Senators wrote.
Of course, how and when prohibited Chinese network gear actually gets removed from a US network has cropped up as an issue before. (See Surprise! Sprint Still Has Huawei in Its Network.)
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading