Panasonic halting business with Huawei after USA ban-spokesman

Mae Love
May 23, 2019

"This provides us with a unique understanding of the company's software engineering and cyber-security processes".

An Arm spokesman said some of the company's intellectual property is designed in the United States and is therefore "subject to U.S. export controls".

More areas will then follow and through 2019 EE will also be introducing 5G across the busiest parts of ten more United Kingdom cities: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.

However, BT-owned EE joined rival Vodafone in pulling a Huawei smartphone from its 5G launch line-up because of uncertainty about support by Google's Android after a USA move to block the Chinese firm's access to its technology. Vodafone also said it would drop a Huawei smartphone from its lineup.

Google cut off Huawei's access to updates of its Android operating system on Monday.

Europe is far from abandoning Huawei, however.

Two major mobile carriers said Wednesday they will postpone sales of new smartphone handsets produced by Huawei Technologies Co. after Washington effectively banned USA firms from exporting components to the Chinese tech giant.

"That guidance needs to come from them", he said.

Led by the United States, the firm faces a growing backlash from Western countries over possible risks posed by using its products in next-generation 5G mobile networks.

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"How the U.S. ban on business with Huawei will impact the Chinese firm's performance is at this point unclear, but what is clear to me is that its sales will be negatively affected", said Hiroyuki Kubota, an independent financial analyst. "We are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world".

The networks will launch in six cities - London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast, with plans to expand to more by the end of 2019 and even more in 2020.

In a statement, the company said: "Panasonic has instructed employees to halt transactions with Huawei and its 68 affiliates covered by the us ban".

"Yesterday, an internal instruction to fully enforce that rule was issued", he added.

The UK is trying hard to not alienate the U.S. or China at a time when it needs both superpowers and their trade and investment to buffer the likely effects of Britain's planned departure from the European Union, said Leslie Vinjamuri, head of think tank Chatham House's Americas program.

The group also said it would phase out the use of Huawei equipment in the most sensitive "core" elements of its network infrastructure. The official added Huawei needs be eventually driven out of the country, if not immediately.

A senior Huawei employee said the company is planning to introduce its own operating system for its smartphones, possibly this fall, as a countermeasure to the US restrictions, according to the Chinese media.

Last week, US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to bar US companies from using foreign telecoms equipment deemed a security risk.

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