FCC opens filing window for Huawei rip and replace funds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened the $1.9 billion Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program filing window. The program, colloquially known as the “Huawei Rip & Replace” program, will reimburse service providers for the cost of replacing equipment and services that pose a national security threat.

It’s opened to providers of advanced communications service with 10 million or fewer customers to seek reimbursement for expenses incurred in replacing and disposing of Huawei and ZTE communications equipment.

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“Removing insecure equipment from existing networks after installation is challenging,” said Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, in a statement. “This program is here to help.  We also want our communications companies to have the opportunity to use promising and innovative alternatives, like interoperable open radio access network solutions, as we build tomorrow’s networks.” 

To participate in the program, eligible providers must file an FCC Form 5640 Application Request for Funding Allocation before the filing window closes on January 14, 2022.

The program applies to both wired and wireless networks.

Some network vendors have already announced wins to replace insecure network gear, including EricssonNokia, and Mavenir.