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Published 3 Years Ago on Wednesday, Nov 20 2019 By Inside Telecom Staff
By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press
The Trump administration has extended for 90 more days a
limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei.
The U.S. government blacklisted the Chinese tech company in
May, deeming it a national security risk. That means U.S. firms aren’t allowed
to sell technology to Huawei without government approval.
The limited reprieve renewed Monday applies to technology
sales and transfers necessary for existing networks and services to continue to
operate. It was not unexpected and represents the second such extension.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the extension will allow
wireless companies to keep offering service in remote parts of the U.S. Larger
U.S. wireless companies do not use equipment from Huawei, while smaller, rural
Despite sanctions, numerous loopholes have been exploited.
U.S. companies, for example, continue to supply Huawei with chips made outside
the United States. Nor do the sanctions bar U.S. telecoms from buying Huawei
equipment — though the Federal Communications Commission is moving toward
banning federal subsidies for such purchases.
President Donald Trump has sent mixed signals on Huawei,
enmeshing it in the trade war between Washington and Beijing and showing a
willingness to use the sanctions as a bargaining chip.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer decried that
“If President Trump and his Commerce Department agree
that Huawei is a national security threat, they should start acting like
it,” he said in a statement. “Every day President Trump is soft on
Huawei, the Chinese Communist Party takes that as a signal that they can
continue hurting American jobs and threatening our national security without
Earlier this month, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told
Bloomberg that his agency had received 260 requests for licenses from U.S.
companies to be exempt from the so-called “entity list” sanctions.
Ross said “quite a few” would soon be granted. Such an exemption
would not dependent on 90-day renewals.
Huawei is the biggest global maker of network gear for phone
and internet companies and the No. 2 smartphone brand. The company denies U.S.
accusations that it is a security risk and might facilitate Chinese spying.
Indeed, U.S. officials have not provided any evidence that Huawei has knowingly
assisted Beijing in its cyberespionage operations.
The sanctions’ biggest impact may be on Google’s Android
mobile operating system, which Huawei can no longer use in its smartphones.
Huawei has developed its own operating system as a
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