Ban Huawei: Countries FAQ

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Huawei Ban: Countries FAQ

Huawei Technologies in some countries faces product and 5G wireless network project bans; business contract restrictions; security scrutiny; and related pushback. Still, many countries are proceeding with Huawei as a potential or confirmed choice for 5G wireless network projects and associated infrastructure.

Here’s an FAQ explaining the Huawei controversy, along with a list of countries, organizations and technology companies, and their current business status with the China-based technology giant.

Notes:

Initial Publication Date: This article was originally published February 3, 2019.

Ongoing Article Updates: This article was most recently updated on September 9, 2020, with recent reports involving China, Huawei, France and Poland.

Q: What Is Huawei Technologies’ business focus?

A: The China-based company is one one the world’s largest providers of telecommunications equipment, networking gear, smartphones and more.

A: Numerous countries allege that the company’s products may purposely contain security holes that China’s government could use for spying purposes. Also, some countries allege that Huawei steals intellectual property from foreign technology companies.

Q: What has Huawei said about the spying allegations?

A: Ren Zhengfei, the company’s billionaire founder, broke years of public silence to dismiss U.S. accusations the telco equipment giant helps Beijing to spy on Western governments. Source: Bloomberg, January 15, 2019.

A2: Huawei is willing to sign “no-spy” agreements with governments, including Britain, the Chinese telco company’s chairman said, amid U.S. pressure on European countries to shun the firm over espionage concerns. Source: Reuters, May 14, 2019.

Q: What allegations does Huawei face in terms of intellectual property (IP) and research and development (R&D)?

A: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on January 28, 2019, charged Huawei with bank fraud and stealing trade secrets. In a 13-count indictment DOJ charged Huawei, its chief financial officer, and two affiliated firms with a laundry list of crimes including conspiracy, money laundering, bank and wire fraud, flouting U.S. sanctions on Iran, and obstruction of justice.

Huawei denied the U.S. charges, saying requests to meet with the US Justice Department had been “rejected without explanation.” The company said that the trade secret theft allegations were “already the subject of a civil suit that was settled by the parties.”

Sources: National Review, January 28, 2019 and CNN Business, January 29, 2019.

Q: Why has global discussion about Huawei’s alleged business practices intensified in recent months?

A: Multiple factors have heightened the media coverage and discussion about the company. Questions about Huawei’s business practices have intensified amid the U.S.-China trade war talks. Also, numerous countries and companies worldwide are considering 5G wireless network rollouts. Plus, the U.S. DOJ case against Huawei is now public knowledge. Roll all those variables together, and countries worldwide are trying to decide if or how to permit Huawei to participate in 5G wireless network projects. Source: ChannelE2E compiled reports.

Status Updates: Huawei Product Bans, Discussions and Debates

Q: Which countries, regions, businesses and organizations are banning, debating or rethinking business engagements with Huawei?

A: The list below is fluid and sorted alphabetically. Check back regularly for more updates.

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Apple: Huawei has allegedly pursued information about Apple trade secrets. The alleged evidence comes from The Information. Source: The Information, February 18, 2019.

Australia: Multiple updates…

The country has blocked Huawei and ZTE  from providing equipment for its 5G network, which is set to launch commercially in 2019. Source: TechCrunch, August 2018.

A formal WTO challenge by China to Australia’s decision banning Chinese companies from its 5G networks would force the federal government to justify its ban either on the grounds that it does not discriminate against any country or manufacturer, or that the decision was based on national security requirements. Source: The Australian Financial Review, April 15, 2019.

Australian government officials advised India to ban Huawei from supplying parts for a rollout of a high-speed telecommunications network, Australian newspapers reported. Source: Reuters, September 9, 2019.

Austria: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz did not rule out deploying Huawei equipment in his country’s future 5G networks but said the country would coordinate its decisions with European Union partners. Source: Reuters, June 20, 2020.

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Bahrain: Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June 2019, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States’ concerns the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment could be used for spying. Source: Reuters, March 26, 2019.

Belgium: Belgium’s center for cybersecurity has found no evidence that telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei Technology could be used for spying. Source: Reuters, April 15, 2019.

Brazil: Multiple updates…

The Brazilian telecoms regulator preparing to auction bandwidth for 5G mobile data said any decision on the security risks of using Chinese technology will ultimately be taken by the president’s national security advisor. Source: Reuters, February 18, 2020.

Telecom Italia has excluded Huawei from a tender for 5G equipment for the core network it is preparing to build in Brazil and Italy. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.

BT: The Britain telecom service provider will pull Huawei equipment out of its core 4G network by 2020 to fit its own internal policy. The move follows reports that the US is trying to persuade foreign allies’ wireless and internet providers to avoid the Chinese company’s equipment, citing cybersecurity risks. Source: CNet, December 2018.

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Canada: Multiple updates include…

The country as of early February 2019 was currently considering whether to ban Huawei from providing equipment for 5G cellular networks in Canada. However, at least one small Huawei 5G network rollout is under way in the country. Source: The Globe and Mail, February 1, 2019.

Canada is likely to postpone a decision on whether to allow China’s to supply 5G network equipment until after the October 2019 federal election, given increasingly strained relations with Beijing, say three well-placed sources. Source: Reuters, July 15, 2019.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou allegedly told a Canadian border official that the company has an office in Iran — an assertion potentially buttressing U.S. claims that the Chinese tech giant engaged in activities there that violated U.S. sanctions. Source: Bloomberg, August 21, 2019.

The U.S. national security adviser urged Canada not to use Huawei 5G technology, saying that doing so would put in jeopardy intelligence sharing with the United States and expose Canadians to being profiled by the Chinese government. Source: Reuters, November 23, 2019.

Canada is signaling it might not compensate major telecommunications providers if the federal government bans equipment made by Huawei from 5G networks, setting up a potential fight over a bill that could hit C$1 billion ($758 million). Source: Reuters, September 13, 2020.

China:

China on May 16, 2019, slammed a decision by the U.S. government to put telecom equipment giant Huawei on a blacklist and said it will take steps to protect its companies, in a further test of ties as the superpowers clash over trade. Source: Reuters, May 16, 2019.

China warned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that his decision to ban Huawei from the 5G network would cost Britain dearly in investment, casting the move as the result of politicized pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump. Source: Reuters, July 15, 2020.

China is considering retaliating against telecom gear makers Nokia and Ericsson if the European Union follows the United States and Britain in banning Huawei from 5G networks. Source: The Wall Street Journal via Reuters, July 20, 2020.

China will take “all necessary measures” to protect its firms’ legitimate interests, the Commerce Ministry said, in response to the U.S. move this week to further tighten restrictions on Huawei. Source: Reuters, August 20, 6:00 a.m.

China announced an initiative to establish global standards on data security, saying it wanted to promote multilateralism in the area at a time when “individual countries” were “bullying” others and “hunting” companies. Source: Reuters, September 7, 2020.

Cisco Systems: Cisco sued Huawei in 2003, alleging that the China-based company stole Cisco source code to build Huawei network routers. Huawei denied those claims, and Cisco ultimately dropped the suit as long as Huawei modified its product line, discontinuing some products. Source: The Verge, January 2018.

Czech Republic: Huawei threatened legal action against the Czech Republic if the country’s cybersecurity agency did not rescind a warning about the risk the company poses to the nation’s critical infrastructure. Source: The New York Times, February 8, 2019.

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Denmark: Danish authorities have expelled two Huawei staff after an inspection at the company’s Copenhagen office showed they failed to comply with laws covering residence and work permits. The inspection had no relation to recent headlines around growing scrutiny over Huawei’s ties with the Chinese government and allegations that Beijing could use its technology for spying, something which the company has denied. Source: Reuters, February 4, 2019

Deutsche Telekom: Multiple updates…

Europe’s biggest telecommunications company, said that if Huawei is banned in Europe, it would delay its deployment of 5G networks by up to two years. To avoid such setbacks, Deutsche Telekom has suggested a new security certification process for mobile network equipment, which would allow telcos in Germany to continue to use products from Chinese vendors in their 5G rollout plans.  Sources: Tom’s Hardware, January 31, 2019 and TotalTele, January 31, 2019.

It would be wrong for Germany to impose blanket bans on foreign vendors of telecoms network equipment, Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges said, in an answer to a question about Huawei. Source: Reuters, June 19, 2020.

Deutsche Telekom said no telecoms equipment vendor should be barred from Germany on political grounds, reiterating its opposition to calls from some lawmakers to bar China’s Huawei Technologies on national security grounds. Source: Reuters, August 13, 2020.

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Europe: Multiple Updates…

The European Union is considering proposals that would effectively amount to a de-facto ban on Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks (i.e., 5G Wireless projects). Source: Reuters, January 30, 2019.

Huawei is ready to face any extra security measures required to remain in the race to develop next-generation 5G networks in central and eastern Europe, Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer at Huawei Technologies USA, said. Source: Reuters, February 13, 2019.

The European Commission the week of March 25, 2019, will urge EU countries to share more data to tackle cybersecurity risks related to 5G networks but will ignore U.S. calls to ban Huawei Technologies, four people familiar with the matter said on March 22, 2019. Source: Reuters, March 22, 2019.

European countries appear to be tightening network security regulations rather than outright banning Huawei’s technology. Source: Bloomberg, April 15, 2019.

A ban on buying telecoms equipment from Chinese firms would add about 55 billion euros ($62 billion) to the cost of 5G networks in Europe and delay the technology by about 18 months. Source: Reuters, June 7, 2019.

The rollout of 5G services across Europe has being slowed by U.S. sanctions against Huawei and as European governments review the impact of using Chinese equipment, the head of Swedish telecoms group Tele2 said. Source: Reuters, July 1, 2019.

EU countries endorsed a tough line for selecting 5G suppliers, including vetting the domestic legal framework to which they are subjected, potentially dealing a blow to Huawei. Source: Reuters, November 22, 2019.

The European Union won’t explicitly ban Huawei or other 5G equipment vendors when the bloc unveils guidelines for member states to mitigate security risks. Source: Bloomberg, January 20, 2020.

The EU followed Britain’s example, allowing members to decide what part Huawei can play in its 5G telecoms networks and resisting pressure from Washington for an outright ban. Source: Reuters, January 29, 2020.

EU countries have no reason to use 5G mobile technology from Huawei because Sweden’s Ericsson, Finland’s Nokia and South Korea’s Samsung are on par with the Chinese group in the field, a senior U.S. diplomat said. Source: Reuters, February 19, 2020.

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Facebook: Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones. Source: Reuters, June 7, 2019.

FedEx: Huawei is reviewing its relationship with FedEx after it claimed the U.S. package delivery company, without detailed explanation, diverted two parcels destined for Huawei addresses in Asia to the United States and attempted to reroute two others. Source: Reuters, May 27, 2019.

France: Multiple updates…

The country will not ban the company. Instead, France, which has safeguards in place for critical parts of its telecoms networks, is considering adding items to its “high-alert” list that tacitly targets Huawei. Source: The Straights Times, December 2018.

The French Senate rejected proposed legislation aimed at toughening checks on telecoms equipment, following a U.S. warning about Huawei. Source: Reuters, February 6, 2019.

France Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said a decision by France regarding the 5G telecoms network would be based on security and performance of networks, and added that Paris would not rule out a specific operator as not being welcome. The statement essentially confirms that Huawei can compete for 5G network business in France, though the company’s technology is expected to face intense scrutiny. Source: Reuters, May 21, 2019.

Huawei won’t be allowed to access French users’ location data even if the Chinese company’s equipment is used in the rollout of France’s 5G network, according to the head of the French cybersecurity agency. Source: Bloomberg, June 6, 2019.

French conglomerate Bouygues will look at all options, including legal action, to ensure it has the right to work with Huawei in the rollout of 5G mobile networks in France, Bouygues CEO Martin Bouygues told reporters. Source: Reuters, February 20, 2020.

The head of the French cybersecurity agency ANSSI said there would not be a total ban on using equipment from Huawei in the rollout of the French 5G telecoms network, but that it was pushing French telcos to avoid switching to the Chinese company. Source: Reuters, July 5, 2020.

French authorities have told telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei 5G equipment that they won’t be able to renew licenses for the gear once they expire, effectively phasing the Chinese firm out of mobile networks by 2028. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2020.

President Emmanuel Macron said France was not excluding any company including China’s Huawei from its next-generation 5G mobile market — but that his strategy was one based on European sovereignty. Source: Reuters, August 28, 2020.

French telecoms operator Free, a subsidiary of Iliad, has not been authorized by the government to roll out mobile gear manufactured by Huawei, contrary to local rivals Bouygues Telecom and SFR. Source: Reuters, September 3, 2020.

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Germany: Multiple updates…

The German government as of January 2019 was considering banning Huawei from providing 5G equipment in the country saying security concerns are of “high relevance.” The decision to ban Huawei 5G equipment would mark a shift from Germany, which has not been as vocal as other Western countries about security concerns. Source: CNBC, January 18, 2019.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany needs guarantees that China’s Huawei Technologies will not hand over data to the Chinese state before the telecoms equipment supplier can participate in building its 5G network. Source: Reuters, February 5, 2019.

The German government will consult further with telecoms operators and vendors before deciding whether to let Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies participate in building future 5G mobile networks. Source: Reuters, February 12, 2019.

The Trump administration has told the German government it would limit intelligence sharing with Berlin if Huawei is allowed to build Germany’s next-generation mobile-internet infrastructure. Source: Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2019.

Germany will define its own security standards for a new 5G mobile network, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on March 11, after Washington said it would scale back data-sharing with Berlin if China’s Huawei was allowed to participate. Source: Reuters, March 12, 2019.

Germany has no plans to stop Huawei from participating in 5G networks in the country if Huawei complies with security requirements. Source: CNBC, April 15, 2019.

Germany will allow Huawei to supply equipment for 5G networks. Source: ZDNet, October 16, 2019.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas cast doubt on whether Huawei Technologies could participate in the development and construction of the country’s 5G network. Source: Reuters, November 4, 2019.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under pressure from her own party to impose an outright ban on Huawei from the country’s 5G network. Source: Bloomberg, November 15, 2019.

Bidders for German 5G rollout contracts must guarantee the network will be free of foreign state influence, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats agreed on Saturday, stopping short of singling out China’s Huawei. Source: Reuters, November 23, 2019.

Huawei secured a commitment to build part of Germany’s 5G infrastructure, strengthening its position in Europe’s largest economy despite calls from lawmakers to bar the Chinese company. Source: The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2019.

China’s ambassador to Germany threatened Berlin with retaliation if it excludes Huawei as a supplier of 5G wireless equipment, citing the millions of vehicles German carmakers sell in China. Source: Bloomberg, December 14, 2019.

Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet senior conservative lawmakers to resolve a dispute in her own party over whether to bar Huawei from the country’s 5G network rollout. Source: Reuters, January 15, 2020.

Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party are set to back a strategy paper that stops short of banning China’s Huawei from taking part in the rollout of Germany’s 5G network. Source: Reuters, February 11, 2020.

Huawei’s top manager in Germany has appealed to the government not to shut it out of building 5G mobile networks, after Britain decided to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from its network on security grounds. Source: Reuters, July 31, 2020.

Deutsche Telekom said no telecoms equipment vendor should be barred from Germany on political grounds, reiterating its opposition to calls from some lawmakers to bar China’s Huawei Technologies on national security grounds. Source: Reuters, August 13, 2020.

Google: Multiple updates…

Google Android Smartphones: Huawei is pinning its hopes on a self-designed operating system (called Hongmeng) to replace Google’s Android following a U.S. blacklisting. Source: The Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2019.

Google & National Security: Alphabet’s Google has warned if the U.S. administration moves ahead with sweeping ban on Huawei Technologies, it risks compromising national security. Source: The Financial Times, June 7, 2019.

Greenland: The country has picked Sweden’s Ericsson over China’s Huawei to supply equipment for its 5G telecoms network, state telecoms operator Tele Greenland said on Thursday. Source: Reuters, January 19, 2019.

GSMA: Mobile communications industry body GSMA has proposed its members discuss the possibility that Chinese network vendor Huawei is excluded from key markets, amid concerns such a development could set operators back by years. Source: Reuters, February 2, 2019.

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Huawei: The company has repeatedly and firmly denied claims that its gear represents a spying risk for customers. Among the additional updates:

Huawei kicked off a trade secrets lawsuit in the United States on June 3, 2019 against a former employee who has sought to turn the case into a referendum on Huawei’s corporate behavior. Source: Reuters, June 3, 2019.

Huawei is selling its majority slice of its global submarine cable division, exiting the business of laying undersea piping for the Internet just weeks after the Trump administration blocked it from buying American technology. Source: Bloomberg, June 3, 2019.

Huawei has applied to trademark its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) in at least nine countries and Europe, data from a U.N. body shows, in a sign it may be deploying a back-up plan in key markets as U.S. sanctions threaten its business model, Reuters reports. Source: Reuters, June 13, 2019.

Huawei has sued the U.S. over the seizure of telecommunications equipment by American officials who were investigating whether the gear required an export license to leave the country. Source: Bloomberg, June 21, 2019.

Huawei disputed findings from a U.S. cybersecurity firm that its gear is far more likely to contain flaws than equipment from rival companies, characterizing the analysis as incomplete and inaccurate. Source: The Wall Street Journal reports. July 5, 2019.

Huawei’s revenue grew roughly 30 percent in the first half of 2019 after select teams secured critical supplies to keep production going despite U.S. technology export restrictions. Source: Bloomberg and Reuters, July 23, 2019.

Huawei secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network. Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used U.S. technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2019.

Huawei cemented its dominance of the domestic smartphone market in the second quarter, with shipments and market share rising, as Chinese customers backed the embattled firm amid its trade fight with the United States. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2019.

Huawei will spend more on production equipment this year to ensure supply continuity, cut redundant roles and demote inefficient managers as its grapples with a “live-or-die moment” in the wake of U.S. export curbs, founder Ren Zhengfei said. Source: Reuters, August 20, 2019

Huawei said the impact of U.S. trade restrictions on its business will be less than what it initially feared, though the curbs could push its smartphone unit’s revenue lower by about $10 billion in 2019. Source: Reuters, August 23, 2019.

Huawei lashed out at the U.S. government on September 3, accusing Washington of orchestrating a campaign to intimidate its employees and launching cyber-attacks to infiltrate its internal network. Source: Bloomberg, September 3, 2019.

Huawei plans to spend more than $300 million a year in research funding for universities, a senior company executive said on Tuesday, even as the Chinese firm fights a U.S. trade ban from that has hurt its business and academia tie-ups. Source: Reuters, September 3, 2019.

Huawei has offered to make its source code available to the Japanese government, Kyodo news agency said. Source: Reuters, September 3, 2019.

Huawei plans to shift its research center to Canada from the United States, founder Ren Zhengfei said in an interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail. Ren’s remarks came as Reuters reported that the United States is weighing expanding its power to stop more foreign shipments of products with U.S. technology to Huawei. Source: Reuters, December 2, 2019.

Huawei’s cyber security chief said that he was not aware of any mobile operator ever having given the Chinese company access to the equipment used to intercept calls when required to do so by security services . Source: Reuters, February 14, 2020.

Under fire from the Trump administration, Huawei has approached high-profile figures in Washington to try to turn around negative perceptions of the company. Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2020.

Huawei will build a factory in France regardless of the government’s decision on whether to use its equipment in a new 5G network, an executive at the Chinese telecoms giant said. Source: Reuters, March 4, 2020.

Huawei is confident some European telecoms firms will choose it to provide 5G technology for their core networks, the firm’s chief representative to the EU, Abraham Liu, says. Source: Reuters, March 6, 2020.

Huawei is confident some European telecoms firms will choose it to provide 5G technology for their core networks, the firm’s chief representative to the EU, Abraham Liu, said. Source: Reuters, March 6, 2020.

Huawei is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to U.S. chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival. Source: Reuters, August 29, 2020.

Huawei said its supply chain was under attack from the United States and called on Washington to reconsider its trade restrictions which were hurting suppliers globally. Source: Reuters, September 23, 2020.

Hungary: The country’s foreign minister opened the way for Huawei to be involved in the rollout of its high-speed 5G network. Source: Reuters, November 5, 2019.

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India: Multiple updates…

Australian government officials advised India to ban Huawei from supplying parts for a rollout of a high-speed telecommunications network, Australian newspapers reported. Source: Reuters, September 9, 2019.

The Indian government has allowed Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies Co to participate in trials for 5G networks, a company spokesman said. Source: Reuters, December 30, 2019.

India may advise local telecom operators to shun equipment made by Huawei ZTE Corp., people with knowledge of the matter said, as relations between the neighbors deteriorated amid a border dispute. Source: Bloomberg, July 1, 2020.

Huawei and ZTE are set to be kept out of India’s plans to roll out its 5G networks as relations between China and India countries hit a four decade low following deadly border clashes. Source: Bloomberg, August 13, 2020.

InterDigital Wireless: The company on May 20, 2019, said it can license its 5G network technology to Huawei despite the threat of a U.S. ban on selling chips and software to the Chinese telecommunications firm, and patent attorneys said Qualcomm likely also can do so. Source: Reuters, May 20, 2019.

Italy: Multiple updates…

The country has denied a report it will ban Huawei and ZTE from playing a role in building its fifth-generation mobile phone network. Source: Reuters, February 7, 2019.

 An Italian parliamentary security committee said the Rome government should consider preventing Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE from supplying 5G technology. Source: Reuters, December 19, 2019.

The government will have to take into account the views of a parliamentary security committee, which has said Rome should consider preventing Chinese telecoms firms from developing Italy’s 5G networks. Source: Reuters, December 20, 2019.

Huawei should be allowed a role in Italy’s future 5G network, the Italian industry minister said on December 22 after an influential parliamentary committee called on Rome to block the company. Source: Reuters, December 23, 2019.

Italy is considering excluding Huawei from building its planned 5G network over security concerns. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.

Telecom Italia has excluded Huawei from a tender for 5G equipment for the core network it is preparing to build in Italy and Brazil. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.

Huawei is working with Telecom Italia despite being shut out of a recent tender to supply new generation 5G technology, the chairman of the Chinese group’s Italian unit said in a newspaper interview. Source: Reuters, July 15, 2020.

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Japan: Japan’s government effectively banned China’s Huawei and ZTE from official contracts. Source: Japan Times, December 10, 2018.

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Kenya: Kenya’s biggest telecoms operator Safaricom will consider awarding a contract to Huawei as it rolls out a 5G network this year, its acting chief executive said. Source: Reuters, February 20, 2020.

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Malaysia: Malayia’s own security standards will dictate which companies take part in its planned 5G rollout in 2020, its communications minister told Reuters, as the United States pushes countries to exclude China’s Huawei. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2020.

Microsoft: Multiple updates include:

The software giant has remove Huawei from one of its websites offering cloud gear, but the software giant still won’t comment on whether it is rescinding Huawei’s license to use Windows. Source: Bloomberg, May 23, 2019.

The Microsoft Store has stopped selling Huawei laptops. Source: Windows Report, May 27, 2019.

Middle East Countries: The United States has raised its concerns with Gulf allies over a possible security risk in using Huawei’s technology for their 5G mobile infrastructure, Reuters reports. Huawei has repeatedly denied the U.S. allegations, which were raised during a visit by FCC Chair Ajit Pai to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, all of which are using its equipment, the report says. Source: Reuters, September 12, 2019.

Multiple Technology Companies: Some of the world’s biggest tech companies have told their employees to stop talking about technology and technical standards with counterparts at Huawei in response to the recent U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese tech firm. Intel, Qualcomm, InterDigital Wireless and LG Uplus have restricted employees from informal conversations with Huawei. Source: Reuters, June 10, 2019.

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The Netherlands: The Dutch government established a special task force to weigh potential security risks as it prepares to build a 5G telecommunications network. The announcement came after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his government was still exploring options for 5G and had not yet formed an opinion on the possible role of Chinese companies. A recommendation was expected by the end of May 2019. Source: Reuters, April 15, 2019.

New Zealand: The country’s top intelligence agency has banned controversial Chinese vendor Huawei from supplying equipment for the country’s first 5G mobile network in November 2018. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, November 28. 2018.

Nokia: Multiple updates…

Nokia has disowned comments made a day earlier to the BBC by their CTO Marcus Weldon—comments that related to the alleged security issues with equipment from rival Huawei. Nokia has been careful in its public statements about Huawei’s difficulties. Source: Forbes, June 28, 2019.

 Nokia has partnered with Intel to accelerate its so-far sluggish shift to 5G, a day after announcing a similar deal with Marvell Technology. Source: Reuters, March 5, 2020.

North Korea: Huawei secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network. Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used U.S. technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2019.

Norway: Multiple updates…

Norway does not plan to block China’s Huawei Technologies from building the country’s 5G telecoms network, cabinet minister Nikolai Astrup told Reuters, a decision that puts it at odds with NATO ally the United States. Source: Reuters, September 26,2019.

Telenor has picked Sweden’s Ericsson as the key technology provider for its fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network in Norway, gradually removing China’s Huawei after a decade of collaboration over 4G. Source: Reuters, December 11, 2019

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Orange: Orange, France’s number one telecoms operator, expects to reduce its reliance on Huawei mobile equipment in Europe in the medium term, CEO Stéphane Richard said. Source: Reuters, July 30, 2020.

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Poland: Multiple updates…

The country is set to exclude Huawei from its future 5G network in favor of European players following the arrest of an employee from the Chinese telecoms company on suspicion of spying, officials and industry sources say. Source: Reuters, January 24, 2019.

Huawei is ready to work with the Polish government on additional steps to build trust, Andy Purdy, chief security officer at Huawei Technologies USA, said. Source: Reuters, February 13, 2019.

Poland is unlikely to exclude all Huawei equipment from its next generation mobile networks, a government minister told Reuters, in part to avoid increased costs for mobile operators. Source: Reuters, April 16, 2019.

The United States and Poland believe suppliers of 5G network equipment should be rigorously evaluated for foreign government control, a joint declaration signed on September 3, 2019, said, as Washington pressures allies to exclude China from 5G networks. Source: Reuters, September 2, 2019.

Poland might impose stricter security demands for core elements of its future 5G network than for other areas of the system, the digital minister said, a move that could give telecom operators more choice over suppliers than states with more sweeping rules. Poland, like other nations, has been working on regulations to guarantee the security of 5G network in the wake of an international row over whether equipment made by major Chinese supplier Huawei poses a security threat. Source: Reuters, December 18, 2019.

Poland’s planned criteria for assessing the risk of telecoms equipment providers are political and may be aimed at excluding Huawei from developing the country’s 5G network, the Chinese company said. Source: Reuters, September 9, 2020.

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Qualcomm: U.S. mobile-phone chip maker Qualcomm resolved a protracted licensing dispute with Huawei and signed a long-term deal with the smartphone maker despite heightened tensions between the U.S. and China. Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2020.

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Softbank: The company’s Japanese telecom unit selected Nokia and Ericsson as vendors for it next-generation 5G wireless network, excluding long-time supplier Huawei from the project. Source: Bloomberg, May 29, 2019.

Sophos: The UK-based cybersecurity company allegedly halted all direct and partner sales to Huawei. Source: Computer Business Review, June 5, 2019.

South Korea: More than a hundred South Korean politicians and business leaders toured Huawei’s headquarters and its lavish new campus outside Shenzhen. The campaign against Huawei, and the broader U.S.-China trade war, have landed export-driven South Korea in a familiar bind, caught between its crucial security ally and biggest trading partner. Source: Reuters, May 28, 2019.

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Telecom Italia: The company excluded Huawei from a tender for 5G equipment for the core network it is preparing to build in Italy and Brazil. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.

Telus: The Vancouver, Canada-based telecom provider says a Huawei equipment ban could delay 5G wireless network rollouts and raise deployment costs. Source: Bloomberg, February 14, 2019.

Thailand: Thailand launched a Huawei 5G test bed on February 8, 2019, even as the United States urges its allies to bar the Chinese telecoms giant from building next-generation mobile networks. Source: Reuters, February 8, 2019.

Turkey: Turkish telecoms company Turkcell has signed an agreement with Huawei to use Huawei Mobile Services app ecosystem. Source: Reuters, February 12, 2020.

University of Oxford: The university said in January 2018 that it would no longer accept new donations and sponsorships to fund research from Huawei. Source: CNBC, January 18, 2019.

United Arab Emirates (UAE): A telecom company called du has discussed U.S. restrictions on Huawei with the Chinese company, and believes the restrictions will not hamper its 5G network, its chief executive said. Source: Reuters, July 24, 2019.

United Kingdom: Multiple updates…

A $2 billion effort by Huawei to address security issues raised in a 2018 British government report will take between three and five years to produce results, according to a Huawei letter to British lawmakers. Source: Reuters, February 6, 2019.

British security officials do not support a full ban of Huawei from national telecoms networks despite U.S. allegations the Chinese firm and its products could be used by Beijing for spying. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2019.

A UK government review involving a potential Huawei ban from UK networks should be completed in March 2019, although its findings may be too sensitive to publish. Source: Sky News.

The UK government-led board that oversees vetting of Huawei gear in Britain said continued problems with the company’s software development had brought “significantly increased risk to UK operators.” Source: Reuters, March 28, 2019.\

A top cyber-security official has said Huawei’s “shoddy” engineering practices mean its mobile network equipment could be banned from Westminster and other sensitive parts of the UK. Source: BBC, April 8,  2019,

Huawei poses such a grave security risk to the United Kingdom that the government must reconsider its decision to give it a limited role in building 5G networks, a former head of Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service said. Source: Reuters, May 16, 2019.

Britain’s biggest mobile operator EE aims to launch the country’s first 5G service in late May 2019, but it will not offer Huawei handsets until the Chinese company’s future becomes clear following its row with the United States. Source: Reuters, May 22, 2019.

Britain’s new prime minister must urgently make a decision on the role China’s Huawei will have in next-generation 5G networks as the ongoing debate is damaging international relations, a powerful committee of British lawmakers said. Source: Reuters, July 18, 2019.

Britain on July 22, 2019 postponed a decision on whether Huawei could participate in building next-generation 5G mobile networks until it had a clearer picture of the impact of U.S. measures taken against the Chinese company. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2019.

Boris Johnson is preparing to allow Huawei to win access to Britain’s future 5G telecoms network — endorsing the Theresa May decision that sparked a cabinet crisis. Source: The Sunday Times, October 27, 2019.

U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has warned UK about allowing Huawei into its 5G telecommunications networks, saying such a move would pose a risk to UK’s secret intelligence services, the Financial Times reported. Source: Reuters, December 24, 2019.

The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a U.K. decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties. Source: Reuters, January 8, 2020.

A delegation of U.S. officials will arrive in Britain on January 13, 2020, to try to persuade Britain not to use Huawei equipment in the upgrade of its telecoms network. Source: Reuters, January 13, 2020.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said those opposed to the use of equipment made by China’s Huawei in the UK’s new 5G networks need to say what alternative technology should be used instead, Reuters reports. U.S. government officials presented the British government with new evidence on Monday about the risks of using Huawei equipment, branding it “madness”, according to reports. Source: Reuters, January 14, 2020.

Britain’s BT and Vodafone are considering urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to risk the rollout of next generation mobile networks by banning Huawei. Source: Reuters, January 17, 2020.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will put his friendship with President Trump to the test this week as he is poised to allow Huawei a role in the country’s fifth-generation wireless broadband networks. Source: Bloomberg, January 27, 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson granted Huawei a limited role in Britain’s 5G mobile network, frustrating a global attempt by the United States to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from the West’s next-generation communications. Source: Reuters, January 27, 2020.

The United States urged Britain to look again at its decision to allow China’s Huawei a limited role in 5G networks, cautioning that American information should only pass across trusted networks. Source: Reuters, January 29, 2020.

Britain’s parliamentary defense committee will investigate the security of the country’s 5G mobile network, the group of lawmakers said, amid continued concerns about the role of Huawei. Source: Reuters, March 6, 2020.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces his first rebellion, over the government’s decision to allow China’s Huawei a role in building the country’s 5G phone network. Source: Reuters, March 10, 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on defeated his first party rebellion over a government decision to allow Huawei to have a role in building Britain’s 5G phone network. Source: Reuters, March 10, 2020.

HSBC Holdings  Chairman Mark Tucker has warned Britain against a ban on Huawei, claiming the bank could face reprisals in China. Source: Reuters, June 7, 2020.

The head of the NATO military alliance said the West could not ignore the rise of China and so it was important that Britain had a review of the role of Huawei in its 5G network to ensure its security. Source: Reuters reports.

British security officials have told UK telecom operators to ensure they have adequate stockpiles of Huawei equipment due to fears that new U.S. sanctions will disrupt the Chinese firm’s ability to maintain critical supplies. Source: Reuters, June 19, 2020.

United Kingdom officials are drawing up proposals to stop installing Huawei equipment in as little as six months, in a reversal of a decision earlier this year. Sources: The Sunday Telegraph and Reuters, July 5, 2020.

Huawei has requested a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to work out a deal to delay its potential removal from the country’s 5G phone network. Source: Reuters, July 12, 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set ban Huawei from Britain’s 5G network in a landmark decision that will anger Beijing but win plaudits from President Donald Trump as the United States grapples with China’s rising economic and technological clout. Source: Reuters, July 13, 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged completely from Britain’s 5G network by 2027, risking the ire of China by signaling that the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker is no longer welcome in the West. Source: Reuters, July 13, 2020.

China warned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that his decision to ban Huawei from the 5G network would cost Britain dearly in investment, casting the move as the result of politicized pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump. Source: Reuters, July 15, 2020.

The U.S. and British foreign ministers agreed to promote the development of “additional trusted 5G solutions,” the U.S. State Department said, two days after Britain decided to purge Huawei equipment from its 5G network by 2027. Source: Reuters, July 16, 2020.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will discuss ways to tackle the growing might of China when he meets Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on July 21, just a week after London ordered a purge of Huawei gear from the 5G network. Source: Reuters, July 21, 2020.

United States: Multiple updates

Huawei and ZTE technology will largely be banned from use by the US government and government contractors, according to the Defense Authorization Act, which President Trump signed in August 2018. Source: The Verge, August 2018.

President Trump is weighing an executive order that could ban Chinese telecommunications gear from U.S. networks, but the plan is facing resistance from U.S. carriers in rural areas whose networks run on Huawei equipment. Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2019.

Huawei is ready to face any extra security measures required to remain in the race to develop next-generation 5G networks in central and eastern Europe, Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer at Huawei Technologies USA, said. Source: Reuters, February 13, 2019.

Huawei is preparing to sue the United States government for banning federal agencies from using the China-based company’s products, The New York Times reports. Source: The New York Times, March 4, 2019.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China’s Huawei, three U.S. officials familiar with the plan said. Source: Reuters, May 14, 2019.

The Trump administration officially added Huawei to a trade blacklist, immediately enacting restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the telecom giant to do business with U.S. companies. Source: Reuters, May 16, 2019

Huawei faces numerous supply chain, chip and software partner challenges amid new U.S. regulations against the company. Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, Broadcom and others are cutting supplies to Huawei, according to multiple reports. Source: ChannelE2E, May 20, 2019.

The United States has temporarily eased trade restrictions on China’s Huawei to minimize disruption for its customers, a move the founder of the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker said meant little because it was already prepared for U.S. action. Source: Reuters, May 20, 2019.

The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world’s top two economies could be further inflamed. Source: Reuters, May 21, 2019.

A Senate bill floated on May 22, 2019 aims to help U.S. networks extract equipment made by Huawei, setting aside $700 million to subsidize the overhaul amid escalating fears about the Chinese telecom giant. Source: Law360, May 22, 2019.

Huawei filed a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against the U.S. government, in the telecoms equipment maker’s latest bid to fight sanctions from Washington that threaten to push it out of global markets. Source: Reuters, May 28. 2019.

The White House’s acting budget chief is pushing for a delay in implementing key provisions of a law that restricts the U.S. government’s business with Huawei Technologies Co., citing the burdens on U.S. companies that use its technology. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2019.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has told the U.S. Congress it will now meet a two-year deadline to ban federal contracts with companies that do business with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, part of a defense law passed last year, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Source: Reuters, June 13, 2019.

President Trump is looking to require next-generation 5G cellular equipment used in the United States to be designed and manufactured outside China. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2019.

Large U.S. technology companies in the direct sights of the Trump administration’s ban on exports to Huawei are finding ways to resume some shipments to the blacklisted Chinese tech giant without running afoul of American regulations. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2019.

About a dozen rural U.S. telecom carriers that depend on Huawei for network gear are in discussions with its biggest rivals, Ericsson and Nokia, to replace their Chinese equipment. Source: Reuters, June 25, 2019.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a cease-fire on trade that will remove some curbs on Huawei Technologies Co. buying high-tech equipment from the U.S., for the moment lifting one cloud over the global economy. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2019.

The U.S. government filed a motion on July 4 asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit by Huawei that claimed the United States had acted illegally when it blacklisted Huawei’s products. Source: Reuters, July 4, 2019.

Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills to keep tight restrictions on Huawei, amid concern about President Donald Trump’s easing of curbs on the Chinese firm. Source: Reuters, July 16, 2019.

A month after President Donald Trump said he would allow U.S. companies to resume selling to blacklisted Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, his administration has done little to clarify what sales will be permitted. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2019.

The U.S. agency responsible for government contracts has released an interim rule for a ban on federal purchases of telecommunications equipment from five Chinese companies, including Huawei. Source: Reuters, August 8, 2019.

President Trump indicated that the United States will make no purchases from Huawei. The statement pressured U.S. technology chip supplier stocks — particularly those that sell components to Huawei. Source: CNBC television

The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, two sources familiar with the situation said. Source: Reuters, August 18, 2019.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on August 20, 2019, that United States was not sending “mixed messages” on Huawei and he does not believe a U.S. blacklist of the Chinese telecommunications giant will block a trade deal with Beijing. Source: Reuters, August 20, 2019.

Huawei used code names and secret subsidiaries to conduct business in Syria, Sudan and Iran, the U.S. alleged in the extradition case related to sanctions violations against the company’s chief financial officer. Source: Bloomberg, August 21, 2019.

U.S. prosecutors are looking into additional instances of alleged technology theft by Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the matter, potentially expanding beyond existing criminal cases against the Chinese telecommunications giant. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2019.

The United States and Poland believe suppliers of 5G network equipment should be rigorously evaluated for foreign government control, a joint declaration signed on September 3, 2019, said, as Washington pressures allies to exclude China from 5G networks. Source: Reuters, September 2, 2019.

The United States has raised its concerns with Gulf allies over a possible security risk in using Huawei’s technology for their 5G mobile infrastructure, Reuters reports. Huawei has repeatedly denied the U.S. allegations, which were raised during a visit by FCC Chair Ajit Pai to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, all of which are using its equipment, the report says. Source: Reuters, September 12, 2019.

Huawei is in early-stage talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them. Source: Reuters, October 18, 2019.

The FCC plans to vote in November 2019 to designate China’s Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services. Source: Reuters, October 28, 2019.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said licenses for U.S. companies to sell components to Huawei will come “very shortly,” in an interview with Bloomberg. Source: Reuters crediting Bloomberg, November 3, 2019.

Huawei and ZTE “cannot be trusted,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said, labeling the Chinese firms a security threat as he backed a proposal to bar U.S. rural wireless carriers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services from them. Source: Reuters, November 14, 2019.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 5-0 to designate China’s Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment. Source: Reuters, November 22, 2019.

The Trump administration considered banning Huawei from the U.S. financial system earlier this year as part of a host of policy options to thwart the blacklisted telecoms equipment giant, according to three people familiar with the matter. Source: Reuters, December 3, 2019.

The U.S. government is weighing new limits on sales of chips and other vital components to Huawei, sparking another furious round of lobbying by technology companies. Source: Bloomberg, December 17, 2019.

The FCC plans to accept public comments until Feb. 3 on its determination that Huawei and ZTE pose national security risks. Source: Reuters, January 3, 2020.

The U.S. Commerce Department has withdrawn a rule aimed at further reducing sales to Huawei amid concerns from the Defense Department the move would harm U.S. businesses.  Source: Reuters, January 24, 2020.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday discussed the security of telecommunications networks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the White House said, as Britain nears a decision on Huawei’s role in the country’s future 5G network. Source: Reuters, January 24, 2020.

Huawei and ZTE both asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to finalize its designation of the China tech giants as risks to U.S. national security. Source: Reuters, February 3, 2020.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said the United States and its allies should consider the highly unusual step of taking a “controlling stake” in Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson to counter China-based Huawei’s dominance in next-generation 5G wireless technology. Source: Reuters, February 6, 2020.

The Pentagon is likely to back new U.S. restrictions on Huawei, reversing earlier opposition to a proposal meant to further crack down on exports to the blacklisted Chinese company. Source: Reuters, February 12, 2020.

Huawei and two of its U.S. subsidiaries were charged with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets in a federal indictment. Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2020.

A federal judge in Texas rejected Huawei’s constitutional challenge to a U.S. law that restricted its ability to do business with federal agencies and their contractors. Source: Reuters, February 18, 2020.

The Trump administration is considering changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, two sources familiar with the matter said. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2020.

The United States will host a conference in March 2020 or so on 5G that U.S. President Donald Trump will attend and that will include companies such as Samsung Electronics. Source: Reuters, February 21, 2020.

The Senate passed a bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds to purchase equipment from Huawei and provide $1 billion for rural telecom companies to replace equipment from the Chinese tech giant that the U.S. has blacklisted. Source: ABC News, February 28, 2020.

Members of the U.S. Congress  took another step to try to prod Britain to reverse its decision to allow Huawei to build portions of the UK’s next generation 5G networks. Source: Reuters, March 4, 2020.

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would require the Trump administration to identify security threats and possible fixes within the equipment and software that support 5G wireless networks. Source: Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2020.

A senior U.S. envoy on Monday pressed Canada about Ottawa’s forthcoming decision on whether to allow Huawei to take part in its 5G network, a move Washington opposes, officials said. Source: Reuters, March 9, 2020.

President Trump signed legislation to bar telecom carriers from using U.S. subsidies to purchase network equipment from Huawei, ZTE and other companies deemed a national security threat. The law also requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a program to assist small providers with the costs of removing prohibited equipment or services from their networks and replacing it. Source: Reuters, March 10, 2020.

The Trump administration moved to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei Technologies from global chipmakers, in an action that could ramp up tensions with China. Source: Reuters, May 15, 2020.

The United States confirmed a Reuters report that it will amend its prohibitions on U.S. companies doing business with Huawei to allow them to work together on setting standards for next-generation 5G networks. Source: Reuters, June 15, 2020.

A new U.S. rule regarding Huawei is a needed “clarification” to help develop standards, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, adding that security concerns remain over the telecoms equipment maker. Source: Reuters, June 17, 2020.

The Trump administration plans to finalize regulations this week that will bar the U.S. government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies including Huawei, Hikvision and Dahua. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.

The U.S. and British foreign ministers agreed to promote the development of “additional trusted 5G solutions,” the U.S. State Department said, two days after Britain decided to purge Huawei equipment from its 5G network by 2027. Source: Reuters, July16, 2020.

Ramped-up U.S. restrictions on Huawei are likely to choke the Chinese company’s access to even off-the-shelf chips, threaten its crown as the world’s largest smartphone maker and disrupt global tech supply, executives and experts warned. Source: Reuters, August 18, 2020.

U.S. authorities allege Huawei used an obscure Hong Kong-registered company to sidestep American economic sanctions on Iran between 2007 and 2014. Huawei has said it sold the business in 2007 and denies any wrongdoing. Source: Reuters, September 16, 2020.

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Verizon Communications: The telecom giant in early January 2018 dropped all plans to sell Huawei phones under pressure from the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter. The move followed AT&T’s decision in early January 2018 not to introduce the Mate 10 Pro to the U.S. market. Huawei devices still work on both companies’ networks, but direct sales would’ve allowed them to reach more consumers than they can through third parties. Source: Bloomberg, January 29, 2018.

Vodafone: Multiple updates…

Although it will replace Huawei from its core infrastructure, it will not replace the company’s technology in radio access networks. Source: Tom’s Hardware, January 31, 2019.

The company has “paused” deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks until Western governments give the Chinese firm full security clearance. However, Vodafone has Huawei as one of its technology partners in 5G testing in Milan. Source: Reuters, February 7, 2019.

Vodafone told Bloomberg in April 2019 that it found hidden back doors in Huawei’s technology in 2011 and 2012. The issues were resolved at that time but the revelation may further damage Huawei’s reputation, Bloomberg asserts. Source: Bloomberg, April 30, 2019.

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