THE Huawei has not been removed from the US blacklist: it has only a temporary license to do business with American companies in very specific cases. That license would end on Monday (19), but it was renewed by the Department of Commerce for 90 days. However, the agency has expanded sanctions to 46 other Huawei subsidiaries – now 114 in total.
In May, the Commerce Department granted a temporary license that would end today. The agency decided to renew it for another 90 days, until November 19. “As we continue to ask consumers to stop using Huawei products, we recognize that more time is needed to avoid any disruption,” says Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a statement.
Ross explains in an interview with Fox Business that “some companies in the countryside depend on Huawei, so we’re giving them a little more time to adapt.” Smaller operators in the U.S. have preferred Huawei equipment because it is cheaper.
Huawei’s temporary license is very limited, and releases only the following activities:
- maintenance and support of existing and fully operational Huawei mobile networks and equipment;
- support for Android phones, including software updates or security fixes, for devices available to the public until May 16, 2019;
- disclosure of security vulnerabilities in Huawei products, including mobile and cellular networks;
- engagement with Huawei through a standards body – such as the ITU, 3GPP and GSMA – for 5G development.
For any other activity, it is necessary to place an order with the Department of Commerce. However, the agency does the analysis with a “presumption of denial”, that is, with a tendency to reject it. This makes it difficult for Huawei to buy chips from Qualcomm and Intel, get early access to Google’s Android Q, and install 5G networks with technology developed in China.
US adds 46 more Huawei subsidiaries to blacklist
In addition, the Commerce Department decided to put more pressure on the Chinese manufacturer, adding 46 Huawei subsidiaries to the “Entity List”, a list of entities prohibited from doing business with US companies.
Huawei is accused by the Department of Commerce of being “engaged in activities contrary to national security or US foreign policy interests”, including violating the IEEPA (International Emergency Economic Powers Act) which prohibits the provision of financial services to Iran , “Among other illegal activities”. The company denies the charges.
President Donald Trump said at the end of June that “US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei; we are talking about equipment where there are no major national security problems ”. Still, it continued to be treated as an entity on the Commerce Department’s blacklist.
In the meantime, Huawei has seen increased cell phone sales and revenue growth. The company announced HarmonyOS, an operating system for multiple devices; and declared its intention to lead 5G in Brazil, in addition to opening a factory in São Paulo with an investment of US $ 800 million.
Tecnocast 118 – What is the US bullshit with China?
The United States and China are fighting a trade war and this bullshit is starting to splash into the world of technology. The consequence of this fight is not only the increase in technological products, and the motivations go far beyond “protecting American jobs”, as Donald Trump says. The dispute is also for control of the 5G networks, which will be the traffic route for the Internet of Things devices.
So who will be in control of data across the globe: China or the United States? Play and come with us!