US executive agencies urge FCC to revoke China Telecom authorisation

14 Apr 2020

The US Departments of Justice (DoJ), Homeland Security, Defence, State, Commerce, and the US Trade Representative have unanimously recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoke and terminate China Telecom (Americas) Corp.’s authorisations to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.

The Department of Justice led the review of China Telecom’s licences, and it based the recommendation on developments since the authorisations were last transferred in 2007, including China Telecom’s failure to comply with the terms of an existing agreement with the DoJ. In its recommendation, the Executive Branch agencies identified ‘substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks’ associated with China Telecom’s operations, which render the FCC authorisations ‘inconsistent with the public interest’.

John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, commented: ‘The security of our government and professional communications, as well as of our most private data, depends on our use of trusted partners from nations that share our values and our aspirations for humanity.’

TeleGeography notes that China Telecom Americas is the largest foreign subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation and has a focus on ‘advancing transpacific enterprise connectivity’. The company, which is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, launched a US MVNO under the CTExcel brand in May 2015.