Well-known Chinese news site Sohu (NASDAQ: SOHU) recently reported that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 4 to 0 to revoke China Unicom’s subsidiary’s 214 license. The FCC cited national security concerns. The decision means China Unicom (America’s) Operations Limited must stop all services in the United States within 60 days. The company provides mobile services, leased lines, Internet access and cloud services in the United States. FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said, “There is growing evidence that Chinese operators pose a threat to the security of our telecommunications networks.” Rosenworcel also said that the FCC will conduct similar measures against Pacific Networks Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary ComNet. This is not the first time the United States has dealt with companies in the Chinese telecommunications industry. Last October, the FCC decided to revoke China Telecom Americas’ authorization to operate in the U.S. In 2019, the FCC also rejected China Mobile’s application to do business in the United States. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a statement saying that, the U.S. has revoked China Unicom’s license based on subjective speculation and suspicion without listing the specific illegal facts of the company.
Source: Sohu, January 28, 2022