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Huawei's Ban in the United States

What is Huawei?

Huawei, often pronounced as “Wah-Way”, is an electronics and telecommunication based company with its headquarters based in Shenzhen in the Southern part of China. Presently, the Huawei brand is considered the world’s second biggest telecoms equipment firm. In August 2018, this company outstandingly overtook Apple to step out as the second largest smartphone sellers in the world behind Samsung. However, with the popularity of smartphones produced by this brand all over the world, Huawei has been banned from supplying their devices in some countries. This ban was due to the company’s rollout of 5G networks, and the governments were citing fears on the national security of their citizens.

Who Has Banned Huawei?

In recent times, there have been moves by the government of the United States, Australia, and New Zealand to block the use of Huawei’s products as a result of the rollout of 5G networks. In April, the United States government under the leadership of Donald Trump released information that banned government companies purchasing from any company is deemed a threat to the security of the nation. This was one of the strategies employed to block purchases by Huawei and ZTE, another Chinese brand. As part of the settlement paid by the company, the United States government lifted the ban on ZTE upon payment of $1bn into the Treasury as a penalty.

United States Ban on Huawei

According to a top executive of the Chinese firm, the United States ban on Huawei products is described as a cynically timed blow in the escalating trade war between China and the United States of America. He further explained that Huawei denounced the ban of Donald Trump on the sharing of the United States technology with foreign adversaries. This was after a part of the US technology companies followed Google in the process of restricting the company’s access to Huawei’s products. Responding to this ban by the Huawei’s executive vice president in the United Kingdom, Jeremy Thompson spoke with the BBC Radio 4’s World At One. He said, “The dispute between the United States Government and Huawei doesn’t have anything to do with security, he continued that it was a mere trade war.

He continued:

“We’re in the middle of a trade war between two large countries. So, the timing of this is to inflict maximum hurt on our organization. We are a football in between this trade war.”

After several failed attempts to convince the European bodies to block the purchase and use of Huawei products, Donald Trump issued an executive order aimed at cutting off the Chinese firms from US suppliers. Obviously, the core issues with Huawei has been a bone of contention due to its coziness with the Chinese government. There are various speculations that Huawei products could be utilized as a spy on other companies and countries. Over the last few months, there have been upswings from various quarters with a number of countries pulling off from the use of Huawei’ products and networking equipment. This is why smartphones by Huawei are virtually invisible all over the United States.