UK Says ZTE Is A Threat To National Security

It seems the UK has jumped onto the same bandwagon that the US has in terms of Chinese companies that sell telco gear. I say that because according to The BBC, The National Cyber Security Centre has said that ZTE is a threat to national security:

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has written to UK telecoms providers warning them that the use of ZTE’s equipment and services could pose a national security risk.

The move coincides with a US government ban preventing American businesses from selling components to the Shenzhen-based company.

ZTE has yet to respond.

This comes after the US decided to order US companies not to sell to ZTE yesterday. As a result of the latter action (but I am sure the UK decision didn’t help), trading of ZTE’s stock has been halted due to the fact that this is pretty much a crisis for the company. Thus I fully expect China to retaliate and do so forcefully as they seem to be rather good at that.

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