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Biden hinders Huawei & Co.’s US network expansion

US President Joe Biden is de facto kicking major Chinese telecoms equipment suppliers off domestic networks. Providers like Huawei are an “unacceptable risk”, the US Telecommunications Authority announced. The decision means network operators will not receive funding from the government’s billion-dollar network expansion fund if they order accessories from China. In parallel, the government is asking mobile and Internet providers to remove equipment from Chinese suppliers and replace it with domestic products. For smaller providers with less than ten million customers, there is compensation. This scrapping premium for mobile phone antennas and routers is called “rip and replace“; it is financed by the big economic stimulus package with which Biden wants to revive the economy after COVID-19. The government could hardly express its distrust of Huawei more clearly.

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