The Pentagon will stop sales of Huawei and ZTE phones on U.S. military bases around the world. The reason for this move is that the Pentagon is concerned that the phones could pose a security threat, with sources telling the Wall Street Journal that military officials are concerned that the Chinese government could use the phones to track the locations of U.S. soldiers.
"Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to the department’s personnel, information and mission,“ said Pentagon spokesman Army Maj. Dave Eastburn. "In light of this information, it was not prudent for the department’s exchanges to continue selling them."
Maj. Eastburn went on to say that the Pentagon can't tell soldiers which devices they can or can't use for their personal use, but urged soldiers to "be mindful of the security risks posed by the use" of the phones.
This is more bad news for Huawei and ZTE, following news that Huawei is reportedly under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and ZTE has been banned from buying components from U.S. suppliers. While the Pentagon's decision only affects soliders that buy their products from shops at or neear military installations, the fact that the Pentagon has made this decision could affect civilians' opinions about Huawei and ZTE devices.