USA suspends Huawei ban for three months to help operators adapt

Mae Love
May 21, 2019

Bloomberg believes that Trump's ban on Huawei "will hurt blameless companies around the world, including Huawei's American suppliers, which could lose business and suffer significant new costs".

For its part, Huawei came out firing yesterday, according to a report on Yahoo News, with its founder Ren Zhengfei saying that the US Government "underestimates our strength", and that "Huawei's 5G will absolutely not be affected".

The founder of Huawei expressed confidence Washington's curbs on sales to the Chinese tech giant will have little impact and said Tuesday it is discussing "emergency relief" from Google for possible loss of services for its smartphone business.

The U.S. Commerce Department will allow Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to purchase American-made goods in order to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.

Answer: Android is open source, and Huawei has made substantial contributions to its development and growth around the world.

Abraham Liu, Huawei's envoy in Brussels, played up what he said were his firm's common interests with Europe and pledged to go the "extra mile" to ease European Union security concerns over rolling out 5G technology.

The founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, has said the USA "underestimates" the telecom giant's strength, and that conflict with America was inevitable in the quest to "stand on top of the world".

"Huawei is becoming the victim of bullying by the USA administration", said Abraham Lui, Huawei's representative to European Union institutions.

The US has tried to convince its allies that Huawei is an unconscionable security risk, feeding information directly to the Chinese government through backdoors in its equipment.

"This license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile phone users and rural broadband networks", Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

The United States temporarily eased restrictions on Huawei on Tuesday, granting it a license to buy USA goods until August 19, meaning that updates of Google apps like Gmail and YouTube can continue until then.

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Question: Will Huawei phones be able to receive Android updates?

Google is severing ties with Chinese smartphone producer, Huawei.

For telecommunications providers that depend on Huawei equipment, the delay in ban will provide them with time for making other arrangements.

Things have calmed down a bit today, however, as the United States has granted Huawei a 90 day temporary license to the company, allowing it to keep existing networks online and continue supporting hardware.

That poses a dire threat to Huawei as loss of full access to Google's services could make its phones a hard sell to consumers.

Bloomberg published an editorial on Monday, describing Trump's decision of attacking Huawei a serious mistake.

"Google obviously trades with Huawei for their operating systems".

U.S. officials have issued a 90-day reprieve on their ban on dealing with Chinese tech giant Huawei, saying breathing space was needed to avoid huge disruption.

Eurasia Group said it had learned that major USA suppliers including chipset manufacturers Qualcomm, Qorvo, and Texas Instruments, and software firms Oracle and Microsoft, have suspended shipments to Huawei until the dust settles.

Huawei will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally. Additionally a UK Huawei exec told the beeb he reckons Huawei is just collateral damage in the broader trade war between the United States and China, which is hard to argue with.

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