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China Telecom plans to resume some US services after FCC revokes authorization

FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, DC
FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, DC, U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

December 22, 2021

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s U.S. Telecom unit said on Wednesday it plans to continue providing some services in the United States into 2022 after U.S. regulators revoked its license to operate. telecommunications activities in the country, on national security grounds.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in October voted to revoke the authorization. The FCC said China Telecom (the Americas) (CTA) is “subject to Chinese government exploitation, influence, and control”.

In a letter to the FCC, the company said the services it intends to resume are not covered by the FCC’s order to halt conventional carrier operations. The CTA argues that the services qualify as private service providers.

CTA provides consumers with mobile services under the brand name “CTExcel”. The FCC says CTExcel customers need to switch to a new provider by January 3.

A CTA spokesman said Wednesday that the company “will resume its private carrier business in the US beyond the January 3 deadline.”

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court denied the CTA’s urgent request to block the FCC order.

In a letter sent to FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel on Monday and published Wednesday, an attorney for China Telecom (Americas) said the FCC had denied their request to meet and that the company intends to continue. some services after January 3.

“Without final and actual final determination” from the FCC, the company intends to continue to provide certain services “on a private carrier basis… to honor contractual obligations and avoid cause undue disruption to customer operations.”

Rosenworcel’s office was not immediately available for comment.

China Telecom, which has been authorized for 20 years to provide US telecommunications services, had more than 335 million subscribers worldwide in 2019. It also provides services to its own facilities. Chinese government in the United States.

In March, the FCC began an effort to revoke licenses for China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks and its wholly owned subsidiary ComNet to provide US telecommunications services.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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