Back in May, the US government placed an export ban on Huawei that prevents US companies (and companies using US origin technology) from doing business with the Chinese technology giant. As Huawei still has customers to support in smartphone and mobile infrastructure operations, the US Department of Commerce gave Huawei a 90-day exception to the ban, allowing it to support its existing customers. This 90-day license was issued May 20, 201
According to a Reuters report, the US government will just kick the can again and give Huawei another 90-day extension to support its customers. Sources tell Reuters that deal is "expected" to be renewed this weekend, pending a call between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Back in May, the Department of Commerce described the exception and says "The temporary general license grants operators time to make other arrangements and the Department's scope to determine appropriate long-term measures for US and foreign telecommunications providers currently relying on Huawei Critical Services equipment, in short, this license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile phone users and broadband network in the countryside. "
Huawei was banned from doing business in the United States due to concerns that the company could be used by the Chinese government to spy on Americans. Huawei has repeatedly denied that they are spies for the Chinese government. A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that the company helped African governments spy on its citizens, which Huawei also denied.
We went through this whole song and dance last year banning and aborting the Chinese company ZTE, which eventually saw ZTE accept fines and a change of management as a condition of opening again. Huawei is one of China's largest companies, which must make you wonder what retaliation from China would look like if these calls break. In the past, the country has threatened to block iPhone sales if the trade war escalates.