The cost of replacing Huawei and ZTE in US networks will be nearly $2 billion

The US communications regulator has released the results of a ‘supply chain data request’, which lists all US CSPs that have any Chinese gear.

In addition, the FCC has revealed the aggregate cost of ripping and replacing that kit with stuff originating from a country it’s not currently at cold war with. “All filers report it could cost an estimated $1.837 billion to remove and replace Huawei and ZTE equipment in their networks,” says the public announcement, which also listed said filers, copied below.

“It is a top priority of our nation and this Commission to promote the security of our country’s communications networks,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “That’s why we sought comprehensive information from U.S. carriers about equipment and services from untrusted vendors that have already been installed in our networks.

“Today’s announcement marks a critical milestone in our ongoing commitment to secure our networks. By identifying the presence of insecure equipment and services in our networks, we can now work to ensure that these networks—especially those of small and rural carriers—rely on infrastructure from trusted vendors.

“I once again strongly urge Congress to appropriate funding to reimburse carriers for replacing any equipment or services determined to be a national security threat so that we can protect our networks and the myriad parts of our economy and society that rely upon them.”

That’s good news for operators being slapped with an unexpected capex bill through no fault of their own, but the list is not all that it seems. Verizon, for example, told Light Reading that it doesn’t have any of the offending kit in its networks and won’t be asking for any compensation. The tone of the Verizon’s comment implies not everyone on the list is happy with being named, but that’s transparency for you.

UPDATE 16:00 8/9/20: It should be noted that this information was released by the Wireline Competition Bureau. You can access the full public notice here.


  1. Avatar Ton 07/09/2020 @ 7:30 pm

    just like the mass destruction weapons of Sadam, now its spying of the chinese government…. both a lie!
    Trump is only for his personal benevits.
    Its a narsistic sociopat.
    Don’t trust him.

    • Avatar Mohammad Fairus Jais Bin Abdullah 09/09/2020 @ 7:50 pm

      How sure are you the communist is not spying they had been doing spying since day 1 of mou tze tong

  2. Avatar Cody 07/09/2020 @ 8:49 pm

    Why do you say this like a bad thing? Jobs for American workers, increased investment in American technology, partnerships with friendly Nations who are your allies and not the CCP. This is a win-win-win for everybody – except China of course.

    • Avatar john sun 09/09/2020 @ 5:09 am

      The happiest party is Chinese..
      They sold products , got paid… without needing warranty service.
      I would be happy if I sold product and warranty, but you trashed them immediately.
      Bing go

  3. Avatar Dr. Manuel S. Alguero 08/09/2020 @ 1:32 am

    $2billion. Is that for starters?. For how long ? Guaranteed security? Making lost time worth while?
    Who is will be eating our lunch? Connected corporations?

  4. Avatar Harold Ong 08/09/2020 @ 10:20 am

    America has been spying on its closest allies for decades. Edward Snowden has proven it. Angela Merkel was spied upon. It’s America that countries shouldn’t trust. Blaming others when they’re the No 1 culprit. They have thousands of nuclear warheads & delivery systems to wreck others, yet claim others threaten them. They spend more on offensive weapons than the rest of the world put together, yet claim others are not trustworthy, threaten them. What nonsense

    • Avatar Benson Oh 09/09/2020 @ 3:20 am


    • Avatar Lim 09/09/2020 @ 5:18 pm

      Well said ?

  5. Avatar Thomas M 08/09/2020 @ 12:10 pm

    This is so ridiculous. Spying, my a*se! Who in their right mind would want to spy on Mr. & Mrs average? As for state security, do you really think that excluding Huawei will stop it taking place? Zero chance of that. He’s doing all this to protect his own market, but then why doesn’t he have the balls to admit it?

    • Avatar Luis Y. 08/09/2020 @ 3:44 pm

      China bashing is one of his election platform as Trump is useless in everything else. It will be his accomplishment to decouple with China in wrapping up his 4 year term in 2020. Trump’s America will be the number one terrorist in the world !

  6. Avatar M Manetti 08/09/2020 @ 1:27 pm

    First, the major alternative suppliers are Ericson (Sweden), Nokia (Finland) and Samsung (South Korea). Doesn’t sound like a bunch of American jobs.

    Secondly, the claimed “spying” has not been proven by any reputable source. It is a canard.

    Third, if somebody wants to spy on network traffic in the US, there are plenty of ways to do that – regardless of the network equipment manufacturer.

    This entire exercise is a political stunt.

  7. Avatar Happiman 08/09/2020 @ 3:50 pm

    Sorry to Chinese government; aka evil Communist cult.

  8. Avatar Olisaemeka Okolie 08/09/2020 @ 4:28 pm

    The US is right to protect its self and American companies, time and time again, the Chinese have continuously spied on multinational companies, infringed on copy rights, stolen technologies without recourse to good relations. It only serves them right…..

  9. Avatar Anonymous 09/09/2020 @ 1:52 am

    2 billion funding!? Where are they going to get the money from? Wait for it.. By taxing the Americans.

  10. Avatar Benson Oh 09/09/2020 @ 3:25 am

    Us is always saying others breaking their national security law. spying their country secret. They are the one and only always do that to others country. History can tell that. The evil us politician.

  11. Avatar john sun 09/09/2020 @ 5:13 am

    Chinese would be happy.
    When you purchased their products with full paid warranty, then immediately trashed them.
    Good job for the dumbest Trump, MASSE!
    Trump Makes Americans Sickest and Stupidest than Ever!

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