FCC Chair opposes China Mobile Bid to provide US services

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FCC Chair opposes China Mobile Bid to provide US services

Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, an independent agency of US government built to regulate interstate communication through radio, wire, satellite and cable, republican Ajit Pai, 46, said on Wednesday, the 17th of April 2019, that he had opposed a bid of China Mobile Ltd.

to serve US telecommunication facilities and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) would vote on whether to deny the bid later in May. A US lawyer and a former Harvard University scholar, serving as FCC Chair since 2012 and the first US citizen of Indian origin to lead the charges of FCC, Ajit Pai said in a statement on Wednesday, April 17th, “It is clear that China Mobile’s application to provide telecommunications services in our country raises substantial and serious national security and law enforcement risks,”, while other FCC officials had been quoted saying that an approval could have been calamitous for the US national security alongside bossing up Chinese intel gathering efforts.

The comments of FCC Chairman came forth amid a pervasive US-campaign to curb Chinese telecommunication firms’ role in building US 5G network, as United States alongside its Western allies had still been debating over the grievous consequences of a national security breach.

Although Chinese firms had assured that their 5G networks would be 100 times faster than traditional 4G network, United States had already buckled up Chinese telecommunication gears on US soil over suspicion of espionage on behalf of Beijing amid a trade conflict.

Nevertheless, following Wednesday’s (April 17th) rejection of its bid, China Mobile USA, an entity controlled by the Chinese government had been quoted saying that they had not been seeking approval for wireless network development, instead their bid was designed to provide international phone call services between United States and other countries.