(SDN) — HUAWEI Technologies Co. Ltd. can again do business with American companies.
The technology world has virtually gone upside down after United States President Donald Trump has rescinded his ban on Huawei, the Chinese technology giant and the world No. 1 in manufacture and sales of telecommunications (telecoms) equipment.
Huawei reacts to U.S. leader’s apparent turnaround
A statement from Huawei Global reaching SDN — Science and Digital News issued on June 30 acknowledged the American President’s turnaround on its previous declaration that banned the Chinese company from buying technologies (hardware and software) from U.S. firms.
Trump, as the Huawei statement noted, held a press conference on June 29 at the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, during which he announced the new development.
“We acknowledge the U.S. president’s comments relating to Huawei yesterday and have no further comment at this time,” the Chinese telecoms and smartphones manufacturer said in its guarded statement.
The company gave a name and telephone number to contact for any question (Suzana Wang, ID: 286365 and Joseph He, ID: 496426).
“On June 29th, President Trump held a news conference at the close of the G20 Summit in Osaka. President Donald Trump affirmed that U.S. companies are allowed to continue selling products to Huawei,” the Chinese firm said.
Android Authority was one of the first technology news platforms to report on what it described as “stunning, if not entirely surprising turnaround, coming just weeks after the Trump administration” described Huawei as “a major threat to U.S. national security.”
At his press conference, the American leader said that U.S. firms can again sell their equipment to Huawei. He did not provide details as Android Authority noted.
“We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it,” he said.
On Bloomberg per Android Authority, Trump said:
“I said that’s O.K., that we will keep selling that product, these are American companies that make these products. That’s very complex, by the way. I’ve agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product so that American companies will continue.”
Huawei is a customer of Qualcomm, Intel, and Micron, among others for its processors or chips. Huawei also uses Google’s Android OS, has Facebook and Instagram pre-installed.
In addition to its being the world No. 1 (surpassing Ericsson) in manufacture and sales of telecoms equipment, Huawei also is now the No. 2 in global sales of smartphones, replacing Apple of the U.S.
Huawei hopes to catch Samsung as the No. 1 by 2020.
Observers noted Huawei’s subdued reaction to Trump’s turnaround, saying that the American leader is known to change stands or positions on issues frequently.
Huawei officials have repeatedly denied Trump administration’s allegations that its equipment has “backdoors” that the China government may use to spy on the U.S. government.
CEO Zhengfei even offered to have a “no-backdoor” agreement with any country to allay their fears of “spying” using Huawei telecoms equipment. (SDN)