The FCC added Russian antivirus provider Kaspersky and state-owned telcos China Mobile and China Telecom to its Covered List over state influence concerns. This means the FCC will "no longer review or approve" their equipment authorization requests, making them unable to sell new products in the US within months.
The three companies join Hikvision, Dahua, Huawei, ZTE, and Hytera on the List. The Secure Equipment Act mandates listed companies be blocked from authorization before November 2022; although previously authorized gear is unaffected, it risks revocation too.
The additions showcase a continued tough stance on PRC tech and a new focus on Russian tech amid the Ukraine invasion. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said, "I am confident that we will have more entities to add to our Covered List".