ZTE was once accused of dodging United States sanctions on Iran in 2016, by means of promoting era from the U.S. to Iran thru more than one shell firms. The USA Division of Trade threatened to bring to an end ZTE from all its provide chain companions in the USA, which ZTE have shyed away from by means of paying just about one thousand million greenbacks in fines.

Remaining month, the Division of Trade formally instated the ban, alleging that ZTE had violated the phrases of the sanction case. The ban is an enormous blow to ZTE, because it blocks the corporate from its provide chains in the USA. The corporate can not use Qualcomm processors, modems from Intel, and different parts. Google remains to be making an attempt to determine if ZTE can legally stay its Google Play license.

In step with Reuters, ZTE has halted all primary trade operations because of the ban. “As of now, the corporate maintains enough money and strictly adheres to its business duties matter in compliance with regulations and rules,” the corporate stated. ZTE has additionally suspended its on-line retailer, and got rid of instrument listings on websites like Taobao. The gadgets can nonetheless be bought from Amazon, a minimum of for now.

One worker instructed Reuters that personnel are nonetheless reporting to paintings, however “with no longer a lot to do.” The corporate remains to be looking to opposite the ban, and ZTE stated it might “take judicial measures to give protection to the criminal rights and pursuits of our Corporate” if essential.