A new message that reads “website under revision, stay tuned” is now showing on the homepage of the official website of ZTE (Chinese edition). Since the Chinese manufacturer is revising its website, it has removed the listings of all its products because of which customers are unable to place orders. Until the website is up and running again, people can visit ZTE stores at Tmall and Jingdong to buy ZTE products.
The revision of the website is being carried out at a time when ZTE is making efforts to get rid of the ban that has been levied on it by the U.S. ZTE has been found guilty for illegally selling U.S. goods to countries such as Iran and North Korea. Instead of taking action against the staff who were involved in the act, the company reportedly rewarded them with full bonuses. Hence, on April 16, the U.S. Department of Commerce ordered companies in the country to not to sell their software and components to ZTE for seven years until March 13, 2025. This could also mean that the future ZTE devices may not include Google apps and services.
During a press meet on April 20, ZTE Corporation chairman Yin Yimin said that the U.S. ban will have a significant impact on the company as it affects the interests of its employers, operators, shareholders and end users. In a previous statement, the Chinese manufacturer had also claimed the ban is unfair and unacceptable.
ZTE does not intend to serve the 7-year ban because its smartphone business would be completely dead by the time the ban period finishes. A recent report has revealed that the Chinese manufacturer has approached the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) division of the U.S. Department of Commerce to suspend the ban. If the U.S. government does not remove the ban, ZTE may take legal action against it.