FCC Estimates $1.84 Billion Cost to Rip and Replace Huawei/ZTE Equipment in U.S. Networks

On September 4, 2020, the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Economics and Analytics (“WCB/OEA”) released a Public Notice announcing the results of an FCC data collection effort to determine the cost of removing and replacing Huawei and ZTE equipment in U.S. wireless networks (WC Docket No. 18-89).  The agency collected data from Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (“ETCs”) and the Public Notice lists the 52 ETCs who filed.


The filers reported that it could cost an estimated $1.837 billion to remove and replace Huawei and ZTE equipment in their networks.  The Commission estimates that least $1.62 billion of that amount would be eligible for reimbursement under the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Act.


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