THE Huawei is still blacklisted in the United States, but has a temporary license that allows the Chinese company to do business with American companies in very specific cases. This license was granted in May for 90 days, but was then renewed until November 19. This time, the United States should no longer extend the term.
According to Bloomberg, in addition to planning not to renew the license, the US government does not rule out increasing punishments for allies who refuse to ban Huawei from its 5G networks. State Department Deputy Cybersecurity Secretary Rob Strayer did not say what the punishments would be, but they usually affect intelligence data sharing agreements between countries.
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.
Note that the temporary license does not allow Huawei to install 5G networks in the United States or even use parts from American companies in its equipment. To the relief of the Chinese, Huawei already manages to produce 5G base stations without relying on American components and expects to reach a production of 1.5 million ERBs in 2020, more than double the 600 thousand forecast for this year.
However, the situation in the consumer electronics division remains undefined. The P30 Pro was released before US sanctions and is unaffected, but Mate 30 cannot come with Google apps pre-installed. Huawei plans to launch the new flagship with an unlocked bootloader to facilitate the installation of the Google suite by other means, but has not yet revealed when or if the phone will be sold outside China.