Huawei, new 14-day temporary license?

Update: The Department of Commerce has granted a further 90 days temporary license up to 16 February 2020.

The Trump administration has decided to further extend the temporary license for Huawei, to ensure support for mobile networks in rural areas of the United States. According to Reuter sources, only an extension of 14 days. Today the 90 days allowed for August expire. Confirmation by the US government is therefore expected soon.

The clash between the Trump administration and Huawei began in May, when the Chinese manufacturer was included in the Entity List of the Department of Commerce. From that moment, no company could trade with Huawei without authorization. Google, for example, cannot grant certification Android for new devices (in fact, on the Mate 30 series the open source version of the operating system is installed). The United States considers Huawei a danger to national security, as it would have hidden back doors in the network infrastructure, through which the Chinese government carries out espionage operations. However, there is no evidence and Huawei has repeatedly rejected the charges.

Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce, said that there are still problems with telephone service in some rural areas of the United States. The extension of the license will therefore allow Huawei to supply the hardware / software support to its 3G / 4G equipment. The FCC has asked telephone operators to change supplier, but this will require a lot of time and money.

The new temporary license should not cover trade between Huawei and US chipmakers, including Intel, Qualcomm and Micron. The government has received over 200 requests for the sale of components to the Chinese manufacturer, but so far no derogation has been granted. Only ARM can respect the contracts being a British company.

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