Huawei's 5G 'will absolutely not be affected' by USA blacklist, founder says

Daniel Fowler
May 21, 2019

The founder of Huawei sought to put a courageous face on the situation, saying Tuesday that the company has "supply backups" if it loses access to American components.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has struck a defiant tone in the Chinese technology giant's battle over 5G technology with the United States, as Washington temporarily eased some trade restrictions on the company in an attempt to minimise the effect on customers.

As we reported earlier, Google revoked the Chinese company's Android license, being forced to do so by a Trump order. Whether or not this time frame will be long enough to ensure such certifications are given for Android Q updates for Huawei's existing handsets remains to be seen, but we assume the Chinese company will do its best to receive them.

"Huawei users will still be able to enjoy Google's services, but their inaccessibility to Android OS updates is likely to create certain problems for the smart phones going forward".

Tech expert Geoff Quattromani said the suspension of trade between the two companies may cause problems for Huawei users in the future.

Beijing has struck an increasingly defiant tone as the trade war has escalated, saying it will take measures to safeguard the interests of its companies, but has not said whether or how it may retaliate over the U.S. action against Huawei. And now Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, has reportedly revealed some details about it.

"In short, this license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile phone users and rural broadband networks", U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said about the temporary reprieve.

The Trump administration has issued a temporary reprieve that will allow Huawei to continue doing business with U.S. companies for the next 90 days.

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Without full access to Android and popular Google services, Huawei - which has launched its products at glitzy ceremonies in major markets around the world - could find it hard to convince customers to choose its phones over those pushed by rivals.

The impact of the Trump administration's threats to choke Huawei reverberated across the global supply chain yesterday and TV manufacturers who use the Google Android TV OS are running scared. Fresh information reveals that the USA has delayed the ban by 90 days beginning from today which means Android OS updates can be certified existing Huawei and Honor phones.

Aiming to avoid one of the biggest issues faced by BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone, and Tizen, Huawei's new operating system will reportedly support all Android apps natively. In the meantime, the US Commerce Department has effectively delayed some of the consequences of that order for Huawei by 90 days starting today. The fallout was both quick and dramatic, with Google-which supplies Huawei with Android and associated apps and services-and other USA -based firms immediately cutting Huawei off.

"We can not be isolated from the world", Ren said. It means you can probably abandon any hope of seeing Android Q on any Huawei devices.

It is the implementation of this ban that was delayed Monday by 90 days.

"Just look to players like Nokia, BlackBerry and Microsoft that have all failed recently in similar endeavours", he told AFP, adding that Huawei would have to deal with a "competitive disadvantage" as its rivals will feature core Android services.

USA firms could lose up to $56.3 billion United States in export sales over five years from stringent export controls on technologies involving Huawei or otherwise, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation said in a report.

The US has ramped up action against Huawei - the world's largest telecommunications equipment producer - over concerns that its technology may be used as a backdoor for spying by the Chinese government.

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