ZTE in South Africa has agreed to pay R5-million in a settlement agreement over “cartel conduct”, the Competition Commission said on Tuesday.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday signed legislation to prevent companies that are deemed security threats from receiving new equipment licences from US regulators.
South Africa’s MTN Group and Chinese technology company ZTE have been accused in a US lawsuit of indirectly supporting an Iranian terrorist campaign that resulted in Americans being injured and killed in Iraq.
China has blasted US President Joe Biden’s administration for imposing new restrictions on national tech champion Huawei Technologies, saying the US “isn’t a reliable country that is to be trusted”.
US President Joe Biden’s nominee for commerce secretary, Gina Raimondo, said she knows of “no reason” why Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies shouldn’t remain on a restricted trade list.
The Biden administration will work to safeguard American telecommunications networks from “untrusted vendors” like Huawei Technologies that threaten national security, the White House said.
Outgoing US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said potential Chinese espionage and threats to Internet freedom are among the biggest national security issues that regulators will face in the next four years.
The US is set to add dozens of Chinese companies, including the country’s top chip maker, SMIC, to a trade blacklist on Friday, two people familiar with the matter said.
Swedish regulators on Tuesday banned the use of telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in its 5G networks ahead of the spectrum auction scheduled for next month.
Promoted | ZTE has launched its first 5G wireless router, the ZTE 5G Indoor Router MC801A, in South Africa in collaboration with MTN.