Huawei: Banned and Permitted In Which Countries? List and FAQ
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Facebook: Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones. Source: Reuters, June 7, 2019.
FedEx: Huawei is reviewing its relationship with FedEx after it claimed the U.S. package delivery company, without detailed explanation, diverted two parcels destined for Huawei addresses in Asia to the United States and attempted to reroute two others. Source: Reuters, May 27, 2019.
Finland: The country, home to Nokia, is set to introduce a telecommunications law that may be used to exclude Huawei and ZTE from its networks. Finland’s parliament is expected to approve the bill designed to protect its networks against cyber threats and espionage in a session on December 7, 2020. The proposed legislation names no specific companies or countries, but bans equipment “within the network’s key assets if there are strong grounds to suspect the use of such equipment would endanger national security or defense.” Source: Bloomberg, December 7, 2020.
France: Multiple updates…
- The country will not ban the company. Instead, France, which has safeguards in place for critical parts of its telecoms networks, is considering adding items to its “high-alert” list that tacitly targets Huawei. Source: The Straights Times, December 2018.
- The French Senate rejected proposed legislation aimed at toughening checks on telecoms equipment, following a U.S. warning about Huawei. Source: Reuters, February 6, 2019.
- France Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said a decision by France regarding the 5G telecoms network would be based on security and performance of networks, and added that Paris would not rule out a specific operator as not being welcome. The statement essentially confirms that Huawei can compete for 5G network business in France, though the company’s technology is expected to face intense scrutiny. Source: Reuters, May 21, 2019.
- Huawei won’t be allowed to access French users’ location data even if the Chinese company’s equipment is used in the rollout of France’s 5G network, according to the head of the French cybersecurity agency. Source: Bloomberg, June 6, 2019.
- French conglomerate Bouygues will look at all options, including legal action, to ensure it has the right to work with Huawei in the rollout of 5G mobile networks in France, Bouygues CEO Martin Bouygues told reporters. Source: Reuters, February 20, 2020.
- The head of the French cybersecurity agency ANSSI said there would not be a total ban on using equipment from Huawei in the rollout of the French 5G telecoms network, but that it was pushing French telcos to avoid switching to the Chinese company. Source: Reuters, July 5, 2020.
- French authorities have told telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei 5G equipment that they won’t be able to renew licenses for the gear once they expire, effectively phasing the Chinese firm out of mobile networks by 2028. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2020.
- President Emmanuel Macron said France was not excluding any company including China’s Huawei from its next-generation 5G mobile market — but that his strategy was one based on European sovereignty. Source: Reuters, August 28, 2020.
- French telecoms operator Free, a subsidiary of Iliad, has not been authorized by the government to roll out mobile gear manufactured by Huawei, contrary to local rivals Bouygues Telecom and SFR. Source: Reuters, September 3, 2020.
- Phone companies including Altice Europe NV’s SFR unit and Bouygues Telecom have begun removing Huawei’s wireless equipment from large French cities after the government moved to purge the Chinese vendor from all but isolated parts of the country. France is seeking to strike a middle ground that would allow Huawei to remain a supplier while keeping it out of the more integral parts of its wireless infrastructure. Source: Bloomberg, March 1, 2021.
Germany: Multiple updates…
- The German government as of January 2019 was considering banning Huawei from providing 5G equipment in the country saying security concerns are of “high relevance.” The decision to ban Huawei 5G equipment would mark a shift from Germany, which has not been as vocal as other Western countries about security concerns. Source: CNBC, January 18, 2019.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany needs guarantees that China’s Huawei Technologies will not hand over data to the Chinese state before the telecoms equipment supplier can participate in building its 5G network. Source: Reuters, February 5, 2019.
- The German government will consult further with telecoms operators and vendors before deciding whether to let Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies participate in building future 5G mobile networks. Source: Reuters, February 12, 2019.
- The Trump administration has told the German government it would limit intelligence sharing with Berlin if Huawei is allowed to build Germany’s next-generation mobile-internet infrastructure. Source: Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2019.
- Germany will define its own security standards for a new 5G mobile network, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on March 11, after Washington said it would scale back data-sharing with Berlin if China’s Huawei was allowed to participate. Source: Reuters, March 12, 2019.
- Germany has no plans to stop Huawei from participating in 5G networks in the country if Huawei complies with security requirements. Source: CNBC, April 15, 2019.
- Germany will allow Huawei to supply equipment for 5G networks. Source: ZDNet, October 16, 2019.
- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas cast doubt on whether Huawei Technologies could participate in the development and construction of the country’s 5G network. Source: Reuters, November 4, 2019.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under pressure from her own party to impose an outright ban on Huawei from the country’s 5G network. Source: Bloomberg, November 15, 2019.
- Bidders for German 5G rollout contracts must guarantee the network will be free of foreign state influence, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats agreed on Saturday, stopping short of singling out China’s Huawei. Source: Reuters, November 23, 2019.
- Huawei secured a commitment to build part of Germany’s 5G infrastructure, strengthening its position in Europe’s largest economy despite calls from lawmakers to bar the Chinese company. Source: The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2019.
- China’s ambassador to Germany threatened Berlin with retaliation if it excludes Huawei as a supplier of 5G wireless equipment, citing the millions of vehicles German carmakers sell in China. Source: Bloomberg, December 14, 2019.
- Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet senior conservative lawmakers to resolve a dispute in her own party over whether to bar Huawei from the country’s 5G network rollout. Source: Reuters, January 15, 2020.
- Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party are set to back a strategy paper that stops short of banning China’s Huawei from taking part in the rollout of Germany’s 5G network. Source: Reuters, February 11, 2020.
- Huawei’s top manager in Germany has appealed to the government not to shut it out of building 5G mobile networks, after Britain decided to purge the Chinese firm’s equipment from its network on security grounds. Source: Reuters, July 31, 2020.
- Deutsche Telekom said no telecoms equipment vendor should be barred from Germany on political grounds, reiterating its opposition to calls from some lawmakers to bar China’s Huawei Technologies on national security grounds. Source: Reuters, August 13, 2020.
- The German government is planning tougher oversight of telecoms network vendors that, while stopping short of a ban on Huawei, will make it harder for the Chinese company to keep a foothold in Europe’s largest market. Source: Reuters, September 30, 2020.
Google: Multiple updates…
- Google Android Smartphones: Huawei is pinning its hopes on a self-designed operating system (called Hongmeng) to replace Google’s Android following a U.S. blacklisting. Source: The Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2019.
- Google & National Security: Alphabet’s Google has warned if the U.S. administration moves ahead with sweeping ban on Huawei Technologies, it risks compromising national security. Source: The Financial Times, June 7, 2019.
Greenland: The country has picked Sweden’s Ericsson over China’s Huawei to supply equipment for its 5G telecoms network, state telecoms operator Tele Greenland said on Thursday. Source: Reuters, January 19, 2019.
GSMA: Mobile communications industry body GSMA has proposed its members discuss the possibility that Chinese network vendor Huawei is excluded from key markets, amid concerns such a development could set operators back by years. Source: Reuters, February 2, 2019.
Huawei: The company has repeatedly and firmly denied claims that its gear represents a spying risk for customers. Among the additional updates:
- Huawei kicked off a trade secrets lawsuit in the United States on June 3, 2019 against a former employee who has sought to turn the case into a referendum on Huawei’s corporate behavior. Source: Reuters, June 3, 2019.
- Huawei is selling its majority slice of its global submarine cable division, exiting the business of laying undersea piping for the Internet just weeks after the Trump administration blocked it from buying American technology. Source: Bloomberg, June 3, 2019.
- Huawei has applied to trademark its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) in at least nine countries and Europe, data from a U.N. body shows, in a sign it may be deploying a back-up plan in key markets as U.S. sanctions threaten its business model, Reuters reports. Source: Reuters, June 13, 2019.
- Huawei has sued the U.S. over the seizure of telecommunications equipment by American officials who were investigating whether the gear required an export license to leave the country. Source: Bloomberg, June 21, 2019.
- Huawei disputed findings from a U.S. cybersecurity firm that its gear is far more likely to contain flaws than equipment from rival companies, characterizing the analysis as incomplete and inaccurate. Source: The Wall Street Journal reports. July 5, 2019.
- Huawei’s revenue grew roughly 30 percent in the first half of 2019 after select teams secured critical supplies to keep production going despite U.S. technology export restrictions. Source: Bloomberg and Reuters, July 23, 2019.
- Huawei secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network. Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used U.S. technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2019.
- Huawei cemented its dominance of the domestic smartphone market in the second quarter, with shipments and market share rising, as Chinese customers backed the embattled firm amid its trade fight with the United States. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2019.
- Huawei will spend more on production equipment this year to ensure supply continuity, cut redundant roles and demote inefficient managers as its grapples with a “live-or-die moment” in the wake of U.S. export curbs, founder Ren Zhengfei said. Source: Reuters, August 20, 2019
- Huawei said the impact of U.S. trade restrictions on its business will be less than what it initially feared, though the curbs could push its smartphone unit’s revenue lower by about $10 billion in 2019. Source: Reuters, August 23, 2019.
- Huawei lashed out at the U.S. government on September 3, accusing Washington of orchestrating a campaign to intimidate its employees and launching cyber-attacks to infiltrate its internal network. Source: Bloomberg, September 3, 2019.
- Huawei plans to spend more than $300 million a year in research funding for universities, a senior company executive said on Tuesday, even as the Chinese firm fights a U.S. trade ban from that has hurt its business and academia tie-ups. Source: Reuters, September 3, 2019.
- Huawei has offered to make its source code available to the Japanese government, Kyodo news agency said. Source: Reuters, September 3, 2019.
- Huawei plans to shift its research center to Canada from the United States, founder Ren Zhengfei said in an interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail. Ren’s remarks came as Reuters reported that the United States is weighing expanding its power to stop more foreign shipments of products with U.S. technology to Huawei. Source: Reuters, December 2, 2019.
- Huawei’s cyber security chief said that he was not aware of any mobile operator ever having given the Chinese company access to the equipment used to intercept calls when required to do so by security services . Source: Reuters, February 14, 2020.
- Under fire from the Trump administration, Huawei has approached high-profile figures in Washington to try to turn around negative perceptions of the company. Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2020.
- Huawei will build a factory in France regardless of the government’s decision on whether to use its equipment in a new 5G network, an executive at the Chinese telecoms giant said. Source: Reuters, March 4, 2020.
- Huawei is confident some European telecoms firms will choose it to provide 5G technology for their core networks, the firm’s chief representative to the EU, Abraham Liu, says. Source: Reuters, March 6, 2020.
- Huawei is confident some European telecoms firms will choose it to provide 5G technology for their core networks, the firm’s chief representative to the EU, Abraham Liu, said. Source: Reuters, March 6, 2020.
- Huawei is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to U.S. chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival. Source: Reuters, August 29, 2020.
- Huawei said its supply chain was under attack from the United States and called on Washington to reconsider its trade restrictions which were hurting suppliers globally. Source: Reuters, September 23, 2020.
- Huawei is ready to be thoroughly examined to show that its technology does not pose any risk to the countries that will include its equipment in the creation of 5G networks, the head of its Italian unit said. Source: Reuters, September 30, 2020.
- Huawei is finding it harder to counter U.S. sanctions designed to choke off its access to semiconductors but can continue to serve European 5G network clients, a senior European executive told an Austrian newspaper. Source: Reuters, October 11, 2020.
- Huawei filed a lawsuit in the U.S. disputing its designation as a national security threat by the FCC, stepping up legal challenges in the country despite a change of administration in Washington. Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2021.
Hungary: The country’s foreign minister opened the way for Huawei to be involved in the rollout of its high-speed 5G network. Source: Reuters, November 5, 2019.
India: Multiple updates…
- Australian government officials advised India to ban Huawei from supplying parts for a rollout of a high-speed telecommunications network, Australian newspapers reported. Source: Reuters, September 9, 2019.
- The Indian government has allowed Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies Co to participate in trials for 5G networks, a company spokesman said. Source: Reuters, December 30, 2019.
- India may advise local telecom operators to shun equipment made by Huawei ZTE Corp., people with knowledge of the matter said, as relations between the neighbors deteriorated amid a border dispute. Source: Bloomberg, July 1, 2020.
- Huawei and ZTE are set to be kept out of India’s plans to roll out its 5G networks as relations between China and India countries hit a four decade low following deadly border clashes. Source: Bloomberg, August 13, 2020.
InterDigital Wireless: The company on May 20, 2019, said it can license its 5G network technology to Huawei despite the threat of a U.S. ban on selling chips and software to the Chinese telecommunications firm, and patent attorneys said Qualcomm likely also can do so. Source: Reuters, May 20, 2019.
Italy: Multiple updates…
- The country has denied a report it will ban Huawei and ZTE from playing a role in building its fifth-generation mobile phone network. Source: Reuters, February 7, 2019.
- An Italian parliamentary security committee said the Rome government should consider preventing Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE from supplying 5G technology. Source: Reuters, December 19, 2019.
- The government will have to take into account the views of a parliamentary security committee, which has said Rome should consider preventing Chinese telecoms firms from developing Italy’s 5G networks. Source: Reuters, December 20, 2019.
- Huawei should be allowed a role in Italy’s future 5G network, the Italian industry minister said on December 22 after an influential parliamentary committee called on Rome to block the company. Source: Reuters, December 23, 2019.
- Italy is considering excluding Huawei from building its planned 5G network over security concerns. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.
- Telecom Italia has excluded Huawei from a tender for 5G equipment for the core network it is preparing to build in Italy and Brazil. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.
- Huawei is working with Telecom Italia despite being shut out of a recent tender to supply new generation 5G technology, the chairman of the Chinese group’s Italian unit said in a newspaper interview. Source: Reuters, July 15, 2020.
- Huawei is ready to be thoroughly examined to show that its technology does not pose any risk to the countries that will include its equipment in the creation of 5G networks, the head of its Italian unit said. Source: Reuters, September 30, 2020.
- Italy has prevented telecoms group Fastweb from signing a deal for Huawei to supply equipment for its 5G core network, the clearest sign yet Rome is adopting a tougher stance against the Chinese group. Source: Reuters, October 23, 2020.
Japan: Japan’s government effectively banned China’s Huawei and ZTE from official contracts. Source: Japan Times, December 10, 2018.
Kenya: Kenya’s biggest telecoms operator Safaricom will consider awarding a contract to Huawei as it rolls out a 5G network this year, its acting chief executive said. Source: Reuters, February 20, 2020.
Malaysia: Malayia’s own security standards will dictate which companies take part in its planned 5G rollout in 2020, its communications minister told Reuters, as the United States pushes countries to exclude China’s Huawei. Source: Reuters, February 17, 2020.
Microsoft: Multiple updates include:
- The software giant has remove Huawei from one of its websites offering cloud gear, but the software giant still won’t comment on whether it is rescinding Huawei’s license to use Windows. Source: Bloomberg, May 23, 2019.
- The Microsoft Store has stopped selling Huawei laptops. Source: Windows Report, May 27, 2019.
Middle East Countries: The United States has raised its concerns with Gulf allies over a possible security risk in using Huawei’s technology for their 5G mobile infrastructure, Reuters reports. Huawei has repeatedly denied the U.S. allegations, which were raised during a visit by FCC Chair Ajit Pai to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, all of which are using its equipment, the report says. Source: Reuters, September 12, 2019.
Multiple Technology Companies: Some of the world’s biggest tech companies have told their employees to stop talking about technology and technical standards with counterparts at Huawei in response to the recent U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese tech firm. Intel, Qualcomm, InterDigital Wireless and LG Uplus have restricted employees from informal conversations with Huawei. Source: Reuters, June 10, 2019.
The Netherlands: The Dutch government established a special task force to weigh potential security risks as it prepares to build a 5G telecommunications network. The announcement came after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his government was still exploring options for 5G and had not yet formed an opinion on the possible role of Chinese companies. A recommendation was expected by the end of May 2019. Source: Reuters, April 15, 2019.
New Zealand: The country’s top intelligence agency has banned controversial Chinese vendor Huawei from supplying equipment for the country’s first 5G mobile network in November 2018. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, November 28. 2018.
Nokia: Multiple updates…
- Nokia has disowned comments made a day earlier to the BBC by their CTO Marcus Weldon—comments that related to the alleged security issues with equipment from rival Huawei. Nokia has been careful in its public statements about Huawei’s difficulties. Source: Forbes, June 28, 2019.
- Nokia has partnered with Intel to accelerate its so-far sluggish shift to 5G, a day after announcing a similar deal with Marvell Technology. Source: Reuters, March 5, 2020.
North Korea: Huawei secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network. Such a move would raise questions of whether Huawei, which has used U.S. technology in its components, violated American export controls to furnish North Korea with equipment. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2019.
Norway: Multiple updates…
- Norway does not plan to block China’s Huawei Technologies from building the country’s 5G telecoms network, cabinet minister Nikolai Astrup told Reuters, a decision that puts it at odds with NATO ally the United States. Source: Reuters, September 26,2019.
- Telenor has picked Sweden’s Ericsson as the key technology provider for its fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network in Norway, gradually removing China’s Huawei after a decade of collaboration over 4G. Source: Reuters, December 11, 2019
Orange: Orange, France’s number one telecoms operator, expects to reduce its reliance on Huawei mobile equipment in Europe in the medium term, CEO Stéphane Richard said. Source: Reuters, July 30, 2020.
Poland: Multiple updates…
- The country is set to exclude Huawei from its future 5G network in favor of European players following the arrest of an employee from the Chinese telecoms company on suspicion of spying, officials and industry sources say. Source: Reuters, January 24, 2019.
- Huawei is ready to work with the Polish government on additional steps to build trust, Andy Purdy, chief security officer at Huawei Technologies USA, said. Source: Reuters, February 13, 2019.
- Poland is unlikely to exclude all Huawei equipment from its next generation mobile networks, a government minister told Reuters, in part to avoid increased costs for mobile operators. Source: Reuters, April 16, 2019.
- The United States and Poland believe suppliers of 5G network equipment should be rigorously evaluated for foreign government control, a joint declaration signed on September 3, 2019, said, as Washington pressures allies to exclude China from 5G networks. Source: Reuters, September 2, 2019.
- Poland might impose stricter security demands for core elements of its future 5G network than for other areas of the system, the digital minister said, a move that could give telecom operators more choice over suppliers than states with more sweeping rules. Poland, like other nations, has been working on regulations to guarantee the security of 5G network in the wake of an international row over whether equipment made by major Chinese supplier Huawei poses a security threat. Source: Reuters, December 18, 2019.
- Poland’s planned criteria for assessing the risk of telecoms equipment providers are political and may be aimed at excluding Huawei from developing the country’s 5G network, the Chinese company said. Source: Reuters, September 9, 2020.
Qualcomm: Multiple updates…
- U.S. mobile-phone chip maker Qualcomm resolved a protracted licensing dispute with Huawei and signed a long-term deal with the smartphone maker despite heightened tensions between the U.S. and China. Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2020.
- Qualcomm received a license from the U.S. government to sell 4G mobile phone chips to Huawei, an exemption to U.S. trade restrictions imposed amid rising tensions with China. Source: Reuters, November 14, 2020.
Softbank: The company’s Japanese telecom unit selected Nokia and Ericsson as vendors for it next-generation 5G wireless network, excluding long-time supplier Huawei from the project. Source: Bloomberg, May 29, 2019.
Sophos: The UK-based cybersecurity company allegedly halted all direct and partner sales to Huawei. Source: Computer Business Review, June 5, 2019.
South Korea: More than a hundred South Korean politicians and business leaders toured Huawei’s headquarters and its lavish new campus outside Shenzhen. The campaign against Huawei, and the broader U.S.-China trade war, have landed export-driven South Korea in a familiar bind, caught between its crucial security ally and biggest trading partner. Source: Reuters, May 28, 2019.
Sweden: Multiple updates…
- Sweden should reverse its ban on Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE from a planned 5G spectrum auction to avoid a “negative impact” on its own companies, said China’s foreign ministry. Source: Reuters, October 21, 2020.
- Huawei has appealed against Sweden’s decision to exclude the Chinese telecoms equipment maker from 5G networks, the Swedish telecoms regulator PTS said. Source: Reuters, November 6, 2020.
- Swedish telecoms regulator PTS will appeal a court decision against its plan to exclude Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei from its 5G networks. PTS halted 5G spectrum auctions after a court suspended parts of its earlier decision, in which it followed Britain in banning Huawei equipment from 5G networks, citing national security risks. Source: Reuters, November 13, 2020.
- Ericsson’s CEO said Sweden’s decision to ban China’s Huawei from its 5G telecoms networks restricts free competition and trade, the Financial Times reported. Source: Reuters, November 18, 2020.
- Mobile operator Proximus Luxembourg has selected Nokia for a seven-year deal to supply 5G coverage nationwide. Nokia is replacing China’s Huawei, a source says. Source: Reuters, December 15, 2020.
Telecom Italia: The company excluded Huawei from a tender for 5G equipment for the core network it is preparing to build in Italy and Brazil. Source: Reuters, July 9, 2020.
Telus: The Vancouver, Canada-based telecom provider says a Huawei equipment ban could delay 5G wireless network rollouts and raise deployment costs. Source: Bloomberg, February 14, 2019.
Thailand: Thailand launched a Huawei 5G test bed on February 8, 2019, even as the United States urges its allies to bar the Chinese telecoms giant from building next-generation mobile networks. Source: Reuters, February 8, 2019.
Turkey: Turkish telecoms company Turkcell has signed an agreement with Huawei to use Huawei Mobile Services app ecosystem. Source: Reuters, February 12, 2020.
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