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U.S. opposes China Telecom’s bid to continue U.S. operations

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WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday requested a federal appeals courtroom to reject China Telecom Corp’s(0728.HK) bid to continue offering companies within the United States, after the telecommunications regulator revoked its authorization to function final month.

The U.S. arm of China’s largest Chinese telecommunications firm requested the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia this month to block the order. learn extra

“China Telecom has no likelihood of succeeding on its claims,” legal professionals for the Justice Department and FCC wrote in a courtroom submitting Wednesday.

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China Telecom Americas, which declined to remark Wednesday, was ordered on Oct. 26 by the FCC to discontinue U.S. companies by early January over nationwide safety considerations.

The FCC mentioned China Telecom “is subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government and is highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight.”

The FCC added, “It is undisputed that China Telecom is wholly owned by a Chinese entity, which is in turn majority-owned and controlled by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.”

China Telecom, which has been licensed for the previous 20 years to present telecommunications companies within the United States, had greater than 335 million subscribers worldwide in 2019. It additionally gives companies to Chinese authorities services within the United States and has warned that FCC motion would drive it “to end its entire resold mobile resale service in the U.S.”

The FCC mentioned China Telecom’s resold cell phone service “gives the company access to sensitive customer information, including call detail records and metadata about communications.”

China Telecom mentioned it should notify prospects of the choice by Dec. 4 and mentioned that with out a non permanent halt to the FCC motion it “will be forced to cease significant operations, irreparably harming its business, reputation, and relationships.”

The FCC rejected the arguments saying there may be “little basis” to speculate China Telecom’s “reputation for reliable service is fatally undermined by a government order requiring it to cease providing services.”

In March, the FCC started efforts to revoke the authorization for China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet to present U.S. telecommunications companies.

In May 2019, the FCC voted unanimously to deny state-owned Chinese telecom agency China Mobile Ltd (0941.HK) the best to present U.S. companies.

Last yr, the FCC designated Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) as nationwide safety threats to communications networks.

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Reporting by David Shepardson; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Ismail Shakil; Editing by Edmund Blair and Mark Porter

The company logo of China Telecom is displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong March 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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The company logo of China Telecom is displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong March 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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