FCC revokes licence held by China Telecom Americas; Chinese firm given 60 days to shut down

27 Oct 2021

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted an order ending China Telecom (Americas) Corporation’s ability to provide domestic interstate and international telecommunications services within the US. The Order on Revocation and Termination directs China Telecom Americas to discontinue any domestic or international services that it provides pursuant to its section 214 authority within sixty days following the release of the order. The FCC stated: ‘Promoting national security is an integral part of the Commission’s responsibility to advance the public interest, and today’s action carries out that mission to safeguard the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure from potential security threats.’

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.

United States, China Telecom Americas (incl. CTExcel), Federal Communications Commission (FCC)