China Telecom’s United States unit announced Wednesday that it plans to keep offering some services in the United States in 2022. They made the decision regardless of U.S. regulators’ revoking its authorization to operate telecommunications in the country, citing national security, Reuters reported.
In October, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to revoke the authorization of China Telecom (Americas) (CTA), which “is subject to exploitation, influence and control by the Chinese government.”
The company then sent a letter to the FCC saying that the services it intends to continue lay beyond the FCC’s order requiring a halt to its common carrier operations because they qualify as private carriers.
CTA’s mobile service is under the brand name “CTExcel.” The FCC ordered CTExcel customers to switch to a new provider by Jan. 3.
In defiance of FCC’s decision, CTA said Wednesday that it “will continue to operate its private carrier business in the United States after the Jan. 3 deadline.”
CTA submitted an emergency bid to a federal appeals court in an attempt to halt the FCC order, but it was declined earlier this month, Reuters added.
In a letter to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel dated Monday and made public Wednesday, a lawyer for CTA said the FCC refused its meeting proposal and the firm planned to continue some services after Jan. 3.
“Absent a final factual determination and decision” from the FCC; the company intends to continue offering some services “on a private carrier basis … to honor its contractual obligations and avoid undue disruption to its customers’ operations.”
According to Reuters, there has been no comment from Rosenworcel’s office.
Having operated telecommunication services in the United States for 20 years, China Telecom had more than 335 million subscribers globally in 2019. It also provides services to the Chinese regime’s facilities in the United States.
The FCC’s efforts to revoke the authorization for China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks, and its fully owned subsidiary ComNet to provide U.S. telecommunications services have started since March, Reuters further explained.