Huawei remains on the US entity list of the commerce department, which means US technology companies still need a license from the government before they can sell software and components to the Chinese manufacturer. And although it has been three weeks since President Donald Trump said: “U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei. We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it“, there is a lot of confusion about what declaration intended. After all, we have not heard Google announce that once again the Android version of Google Play services will be licensed to Huawei. And no matter what you think of Android, it’s not a threat to US national security.
In an attempt to clear up all the confusion, that a meeting will take place today at the White House. Citing a couple of anonymous sources, the cable service says this meeting will be organized by economic consultant Lawrence Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Attending will be the main executives of US software and semiconductor companies like Intel and Qualcomm. A meeting was confirmed by a White House official, who also said that representatives of Google and Micron would also be present. But this official says the meeting is underway to discuss economic issues. The anonymous officer admitted that Huawei’s problem will probably be mentioned but that it is not the reason why they are convening the meeting,” the official said. The meeting is also expected to include someone representing the chipmaker Broadcom and an invitation to Microsoft.
Huawei Spent $11 Billion On US Supplies In 2018
Huawei is considered a threat to national security for the US because the Chinese communist government may, under the laws of the country, require Huawei to collect intelligence information in its name. Thus, for years, US lawmakers have been concerned that the company’s network devices and equipment contain a backdoor that can send information to US consumers and companies in Beijing. Huawei has repeatedly denied this. The US warned the allies not to use the Huawei team to build 5G networks in their countries.
While President Trump has confirmed that Huawei’s name is on the list of entities for security reasons, he has also offered the possibility that the company can be used as a bargaining chip to obtain more favorable terms from China during any future negotiations. Both countries are involved in a trade war and when the president announced that a truce was reached on June 29, he further added that the aforementioned quote on US suppliers resumed sales to Huawei. And this has led us to the current state of confusion. Despite Trump’s comments, Huawei is still blacklisted and the $11 billion the company paid its US suppliers last year will not be replaced.
And if you’re not completely confused at this point, Huawei operating system Hongmeng, which is said to be the Android manufacturer’s replacement, turned out to be for industrial use only. And this could be why we discovered last month that the company is testing a Russian operating system called Aurora based on Finland’s sailfish. The latter is derived from the MeeGo operating system based on gestures that were used in the Nokia N9 in 2011.
We hope that, after the meeting, we all have a better idea of what components and software can be sold by US companies. And any chance of Huawei having to overtake Samsung next year to become the world’s largest smartphone maker could depend on how this meeting develops. Last year, the company sent 206 million phones worldwide to finish third behind Samsung and Apple. For the first quarter of this year, it delivered 59 million phones, an increase of 50.3% on an annual basis. This put him in second place above Apple, but still behind Samsung.
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