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In An Epic Flip Flop, President Trump To Try And Save Jobs At ZTE

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 13, 2018 by itnerd

Multiple media outlets are reporting that US President Donald Trump is working to save jobs at Chinese phonemaker ZTE. This after the Trump Administration has been working to smack them around pretty hard. As is typical for Trump, he said this via a Tweet:

The only thing that could be responsible for this is the upcoming meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jon Un. He likely needs the Chinese to help him get the North Koreans on side with the rest of the planet. Like many things that this administration does, this could flip on a moments notice, thus we’ll have to see what happens next. Because anything could happen.

UPDATE: Another possibility is that ZTE is a bargaining chip in trade talks between the US and China.


ZTE Halts Operations Due To US Pressure

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 10, 2018 by itnerd

Weeks of the Trump administration in the US cranking up the pressure on Chinese phonemaker ZTE have resulted in ZTE shutting down. They employ 75000 people. The news popped up this morning via this PDF. Plus according to a report at The New York Times, manufacturing has been halted at ZTE’s plant in Shenzhen. This could be temporary as the company is still trying to play nice with the US. Or it could be the beginning of the end for them. It isn’t clear at this point. I’m going to guess that it’s the latter as US companies are banned from doing business with ZTE. And that likely includes access to the Android OS.

Now, Chinese phonemaker Huawei is in the same boat as ZTE. It will be interesting to see what happens to them.

Pentagon Bans Sales Of ZTE And Huawei Phones Over Spying Concerns

Posted in Commentary with tags , on May 2, 2018 by itnerd

Well, this war between the Trump administration and Chinese telcom companies got ratcheted up a couple of notches today with news that the Pentagon has banned saless of ZTE and Huawei phones:

The ban is based on the potential security threat the Pentagon believes the phones from the China-based companies may pose. It’s the latest move in an ongoing crackdown on the two companies by the US government, which is suspicious that they could hack into their phones and use them to spy for the Chinese government.

“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to Department’s personnel, information and mission,” said Pentagon spokesman Major Dave Eastburn. “In light of this information, it was not prudent for the Department’s exchanges to continue selling them to DoD personnel.”

US military personnel are still allowed to buy ZTE and Huawei phones for personal use from elsewhere, although the Pentagon is currently deciding whether to issue a wider advisory about the purchase of phones by the two brands, said Eastburn. He said security reasons prevented him from going into the technical aspects of the potential threats.

One has to wonder what’s next? There’s really not much else that the Trump administration can do to these companies. But I am sure they’ll find something.

Report: ZTE May Lose Access To The Android OS

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 18, 2018 by itnerd

Things are really starting to look bleak for Chinese telcom companies. After the news came out that Huawei is pulling out of the US market, comes this report from Reuters that ZTE could lose access to the Android OS because of it running afoul of the US in the last few days. You see, Google which is an American company makes the Android OS, Google would have to stop serving the Android OS to ZTE to comply with the directive that came out a few days ago. That would be a huge problem to ZTE which is why they and Google are figuring out how to deal with reportedly. It will be interesting to see what happens next as ZTE isn’t exactly a small player in the smartphone market which means they have a lot to lose here.



UK Says ZTE Is A Threat To National Security

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 17, 2018 by itnerd

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.

US Companies Banned From Selling To ZTE

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 16, 2018 by itnerd

I guess that you can add ZTE to the list of Chinese companies who have run afoul of The Trump Administration as Reuters has a story that US companies are now banned from selling to the Chinese firm:

The U.S. Department of Commerce is banning American companies from selling components to leading Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp for seven years for violating the terms of a sanctions violation case, U.S. officials said on Monday. The Chinese company, which sells smartphones in the United States, pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Texas for conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S. goods and technology to Iran. It paid $890 million in fines and penalties, with an additional penalty of $300 million that could be imposed. As part of the agreement, Shenzhen-based ZTE Corp promised to dismiss four senior employees and discipline 35 others by either reducing their bonuses or reprimanding them, senior Commerce Department officials told Reuters.

So, I wonder how long it will be before  ZTE joins Huawei from being unable to sell phones in the US. Given the current political climate, I would say that it’s only a matter of time before that’s a reality.

The IT Nerd Award For The Best Accessory Of 2017 Goes To: Rogers Smart Drive By ZTE

Posted in Products with tags , on December 27, 2017 by itnerd


I have to admit that this was a very competitive category which had a lot of strong contenders in it. But in the end, I went with Rogers Smart Drive which is made by ZTE. The reason being is that this device brings smart car tech to any car. Installation is trivially easy and you get WiFi, location services for your car, monitoring of things like fuel economy, fuel level, and if there are any diagnostic trouble codes that the car has, and alerts if you car has been hit or if someone is trying to break into it. And you get all of this info on your iOS or Android device. The price point is a winner as well as the costs to buy the device and the monthly data charges are well within the reach of most. I will note that ZTE has also partnered with Telus and Bell to bring the same device to their networks. Regardless of which one you choose, this is a worthy winner of an IT Nerd Award for 2017.