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Australia’s Telstra Disconnects From ZTE

Mobile World Congress 2018 attendees use the ZTE Axon M mobile phone on Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: VCG
Mobile World Congress 2018 attendees use the ZTE Axon M mobile phone on Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: VCG

Leading Australian wireless carrier Telstra Corp. Ltd. said on Thursday it will stop selling all products made by ZTE Corp., after the Chinese smartphone-maker said it had halted all operations while it fights crippling U.S. sanctions.

Telstra made the decision after ZTE announced a day earlier that it had ceased its major operating activities in light of an order from Washington forbidding all American companies from selling to the Chinese manufacturer of smartphones and networking equipment. Washington ordered the sanctions after determining that ZTE had sold American-made products to Iran in violation of sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program at that time.

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