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Huawei: Banned and Permitted In Which Countries? List and FAQ

Welcome to page three. Here are additional company and country updates involving Huawei, sorted alphabetically.


University of Oxford: The university said in January 2018 that it would no longer accept new donations and sponsorships to fund research from Huawei. Source: CNBC, January 18, 2019.


United Arab Emirates (UAE): A telecom company called du has discussed U.S. restrictions on Huawei with the Chinese company, and believes the restrictions will not hamper its 5G network, its chief executive said. Source: Reuters, July 24, 2019.

Continue to page two of two for Huawei-related policy statements from the United Kingdom, the United States, and more.


United Kingdom: Multiple updates…

  • A $2 billion effort by Huawei to address security issues raised in a 2018 British government report will take between three and five years to produce results, according to a Huawei letter to British lawmakers. Source: Reuters, February 6, 2019.
  • British security officials do not support a full ban of Huawei from national telecoms networks despite U.S. allegations the Chinese firm and its products could be used by Beijing for spying. SourceReuters, February 17, 2019.
  • A UK government review involving a potential Huawei ban from UK networks should be completed in March 2019, although its findings may be too sensitive to publish. Source: Sky News.
  • The UK government-led board that oversees vetting of Huawei gear in Britain said continued problems with the company’s software development had brought “significantly increased risk to UK operators.” Source: Reuters, March 28, 2019.\
  • A top cyber-security official has said Huawei’s “shoddy” engineering practices mean its mobile network equipment could be banned from Westminster and other sensitive parts of the UK. Source: BBC, April 8,  2019,
  • Huawei poses such a grave security risk to the United Kingdom that the government must reconsider its decision to give it a limited role in building 5G networks, a former head of Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service said. Source: Reuters, May 16, 2019.
  • Britain’s biggest mobile operator EE aims to launch the country’s first 5G service in late May 2019, but it will not offer Huawei handsets until the Chinese company’s future becomes clear following its row with the United States. Source: Reuters, May 22, 2019.
  • Britain’s new prime minister must urgently make a decision on the role China’s Huawei will have in next-generation 5G networks as the ongoing debate is damaging international relations, a powerful committee of British lawmakers said. Source: Reuters, July 18, 2019.
  • Britain on July 22, 2019 postponed a decision on whether Huawei could participate in building next-generation 5G mobile networks until it had a clearer picture of the impact of U.S. measures taken against the Chinese company. Source: Reuters, July 22, 2019.
  • Boris Johnson is preparing to allow Huawei to win access to Britain’s future 5G telecoms network — endorsing the Theresa May decision that sparked a cabinet crisis. Source: The Sunday Times, October 27, 2019.


United States: Multiple updates…

  • Huawei and ZTE technology will largely be banned from use by the US government and government contractors, according to the Defense Authorization Act, which President Trump signed in August 2018. Source: The Verge, August 2018.
  • President Trump is weighing an executive order that could ban Chinese telecommunications gear from U.S. networks, but the plan is facing resistance from U.S. carriers in rural areas whose networks run on Huawei equipment. Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2019.
  • Huawei is ready to face any extra security measures required to remain in the race to develop next-generation 5G networks in central and eastern Europe, Andy Purdy, Chief Security Officer at Huawei Technologies USA, said. Source: Reuters, February 13, 2019.
  • Huawei is preparing to sue the United States government for banning federal agencies from using the China-based company’s products, The New York Times reports. Source: The New York Times, March 4, 2019.
  • President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China’s Huawei, three U.S. officials familiar with the plan said. Source: Reuters, May 14, 2019.
  • The Trump administration officially added Huawei to a trade blacklist, immediately enacting restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the telecom giant to do business with U.S. companies. Source: Reuters, May 16, 2019
  • Huawei faces numerous supply chain, chip and software partner challenges amid new U.S. regulations against the company. Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, Broadcom and others are cutting supplies to Huawei, according to multiple reports. Source: ChannelE2E, May 20, 2019.
  • The FCC plans to vote in November 2019 to designate China’s Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services. Source: Reuters, October 28, 2019.
  • The United States has temporarily eased trade restrictions on China’s Huawei to minimize disruption for its customers, a move the founder of the world’s largest telecoms equipment maker said meant little because it was already prepared for U.S. action. Source: Reuters, May 20, 2019.
  • The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world’s top two economies could be further inflamed. Source: Reuters, May 21, 2019.
  • A Senate bill floated on May 22, 2019 aims to help U.S. networks extract equipment made by Huawei, setting aside $700 million to subsidize the overhaul amid escalating fears about the Chinese telecom giant. Source: Law360, May 22, 2019.
  • Huawei filed a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against the U.S. government, in the telecoms equipment maker’s latest bid to fight sanctions from Washington that threaten to push it out of global markets. Source: Reuters, May 28. 2019.
  • The White House’s acting budget chief is pushing for a delay in implementing key provisions of a law that restricts the U.S. government’s business with Huawei Technologies Co., citing the burdens on U.S. companies that use its technology. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2019.
  • The White House Office of Management and Budget has told the U.S. Congress it will now meet a two-year deadline to ban federal contracts with companies that do business with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, part of a defense law passed last year, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Source: Reuters, June 13, 2019.
  • President Trump is looking to require next-generation 5G cellular equipment used in the United States to be designed and manufactured outside China. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2019.
  • Large U.S. technology companies in the direct sights of the Trump administration’s ban on exports to Huawei are finding ways to resume some shipments to the blacklisted Chinese tech giant without running afoul of American regulations. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2019.
  • About a dozen rural U.S. telecom carriers that depend on Huawei for network gear are in discussions with its biggest rivals, Ericsson and Nokia, to replace their Chinese equipment. Source: Reuters, June 25, 2019.
  • President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a cease-fire on trade that will remove some curbs on Huawei Technologies Co. buying high-tech equipment from the U.S., for the moment lifting one cloud over the global economy. Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2019.
  • The U.S. government filed a motion on July 4 asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit by Huawei that claimed the United States had acted illegally when it blacklisted Huawei’s products. Source: Reuters, July 4, 2019.
  • Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced bills to keep tight restrictions on Huawei, amid concern about President Donald Trump’s easing of curbs on the Chinese firm. Source: Reuters, July 16, 2019.
  • A month after President Donald Trump said he would allow U.S. companies to resume selling to blacklisted Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, his administration has done little to clarify what sales will be permitted. Source: Reuters, July 29, 2019.
  • The U.S. agency responsible for government contracts has released an interim rule for a ban on federal purchases of telecommunications equipment from five Chinese companies, including Huawei. Source: Reuters, August 8, 2019.
  • President Trump indicated that the United States will make no purchases from Huawei. The statement pressured U.S. technology chip supplier stocks — particularly those that sell components to Huawei. Source: CNBC television
  • The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, two sources familiar with the situation said. Source: Reuters, August 18, 2019.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on August 20, 2019, that United States was not sending “mixed messages” on Huawei and he does not believe a U.S. blacklist of the Chinese telecommunications giant will block a trade deal with Beijing. Source: Reuters, August 20, 2019.
  • Huawei used code names and secret subsidiaries to conduct business in Syria, Sudan and Iran, the U.S. alleged in the extradition case related to sanctions violations against the company’s chief financial officer. Source: Bloomberg, August 21, 2019.
  • U.S. prosecutors are looking into additional instances of alleged technology theft by Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the matter, potentially expanding beyond existing criminal cases against the Chinese telecommunications giant. Source: The Wall Street Journal, August 29, 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.
  • 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.
  • Huawei is in early-stage talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them. Source: Reuters, October 18, 2019.
  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said licenses for U.S. companies to sell components to Huawei will come “very shortly,” in an interview with Bloomberg. Source: Reuters crediting Bloomberg, November 3, 2019.
  • Huawei and ZTE “cannot be trusted,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said, labeling the Chinese firms a security threat as he backed a proposal to bar U.S. rural wireless carriers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services from them. Source: Reuters, November 14, 2019.
  • The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 5-0 to designate China’s Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment. Source: Reuters, November 22, 2019.
  • The Trump administration considered banning Huawei from the U.S. financial system earlier this year as part of a host of policy options to thwart the blacklisted telecoms equipment giant, according to three people familiar with the matter. Source: Reuters, December 3, 2019.


Verizon Communications: The telecom giant in early January 2018 dropped all plans to sell Huawei phones under pressure from the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter. The move followed AT&T’s decision in early January 2018 not to introduce the Mate 10 Pro to the U.S. market. Huawei devices still work on both companies’ networks, but direct sales would’ve allowed them to reach more consumers than they can through third parties. Source: Bloomberg, January 29, 2018.


Vodafone: Multiple updates…

  • Although it will replace Huawei from its core infrastructure, it will not replace the company’s technology in radio access networks. Source: Tom’s Hardware, January 31, 2019.
  • The company has “paused” deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks until Western governments give the Chinese firm full security clearance. However, Vodafone has Huawei as one of its technology partners in 5G testing in Milan. Source: Reuters, February 7, 2019.
  • Vodafone told Bloomberg in April 2019 that it found hidden back doors in Huawei’s technology in 2011 and 2012. The issues were resolved at that time but the revelation may further damage Huawei’s reputation, Bloomberg asserts. Source: Bloomberg, April 30, 2019.

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    Sndi:

    Can anyone explain the security issues with the Huawei equipment?
    I mean the details of where the leaks and back door are present. I have work with huawri OSN (core equipement). There was nothing very suspicious about the operation.

    Joe Panettieri:

    To the best of my knowledge, there are no smoking guns against Huawei in terms of back doors for China’s government.
    -jp

    Mona L Featherston:

    Does this include all Huawei smart phones? I have a Huawei Model # H1611 that I purchased in 2017 from Wal-Mart through the Straight Talk ATT prepaid. Is it safe to use?

    Arek:

    what about Japan ?

    Joe Panettieri:

    Mona: Check in directly with your service provider for information. Our Huawei coverage above mainly involves 5G network deployments.

    Arek: You raise a great question about Japan. Sorry we didn’t have that info earlier. We’ve updated the article to include Japan’s statement about Huawei.
    -jp

    Sandip:

    I want to add something to this, the U.S.A. might be banning Huawei products as it doesn’t want to lose its privilege of becoming a leader in telecommunications.

    mae:

    Hi, i’m a student about to travel to the United States for an exchange program and my parents recently bought me a Huawei phone. Am I gonna be stopped in immigration for this?

    Alain Bastien:

    If you think and fear it might be an issue exchange it for a Motorolla or iPhone.

    I don’t really think that they don’t have features which Huawei have which is highly indispensable

    Joe Panettieri:

    Mae: You won’t have any issues bringing the device into the country.

    TH:

    Huawei needs to be banned. Assisting China -will fully or forced- with spying, stealing other companies’ intellectual property. Now Huawei wants to temporary suspend spying and intellectual property stealing now that many recognize the horrible details of this company? They shouldn’t be rewarded for this; many other companies play by the rules. And also, really silly that this article is very anti-USA and very pro-Huawei.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi TH: I’d be curious to know why you believe the article is anti-USA and pro-Huawei?
    -jp

    David Friedmann:

    Next phone to have. I think it’s safer without google apps 🙂

    Man:

    can huwaei sell it 5G equipment to any country after the USA ban specially the equipment has more than 25% of the USA products in it?

    Olivier:

    Thank you for the great summary

    Mari Roma:

    What about Filipino (Philippines) Huawei Users?

    Zel:

    I think that US has banned Huawei because the company was trying to be like an Apple, that’s restricting info sharing with android phones. If Apple can do so, why can’t Huawei? Just a thought.
    And Huawei has better features than Apple, at a lower cost, which made them rise at the top of telco race. Based on my observation, Apple users think they’re some what elite coz it’s made exclusively for them – higher cost, and sharing is limited among iOS users.
    On some thought, this banning issue is to pave the way for other telcos, like Nokia and Ericsson that have been silent for quite sometime.

    Flo:

    All in All, I’m kinda happy that all US applications or whatsoever get banned from using Huawei.
    Now I feel safer using Huawei device and I prefer it that way.
    No other country exploit user private data as the US do.
    I live in Europe and I rather have my intel ending in China than in the US where they will be hacked by Russia …
    China is a safe bet if we have to believe everything US government says.

    Gio Agnes:

    Hi there! I ask some question, I hope it will be answered.

    Actually I decided to buy new Huawei P30 Lite this month of June here in Philippines.

    Is this still safe? Because I am thinking it might if it is not working cause of issues spreading about banning in some countries and I am worrying if after I bought my new phone here in Philippines it is not working in after a few months.

    I am Filipino.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Dear Gio, Mari, and other readers who inquired about Huawei smartphones in the Philippines: ChannelE2E does not have first-hand information to share. This article from Rappler may provide some guidance to you. But please note that we are not affiliated with that publication, and we have not directly confirmed the details/opinions contained in that article.
    -jp

    JORGE BARREIRO:

    Joe Panettieri: I hope you don’t believe in Santa Claus too! China’s Government involved in Huawei and espionage is written in the cover of any book!

    Cloudy:

    @ Flo:

    I suppose you could say the US spies on its own people (and they do), but that doesn’t absolve the fact that China is doing the same thing in a much more pervasive way. The US should stop doing this, and likewise for China. To be fair, I wouldn’t believe what either of those governments (US or China) says, because we all know it’s rigged and nothing more than a bunch of lies intended to sway our opinions to benefit them.

    However, as you know, the Chinese government likes to constantly monitor the social media sites, and censorship is widely used (courtesy of the Great Firewall of China). For you to be living outside China, at least you could voice your opinions without either having it blocked off due to political reasons and/or maybe even hunted down by Communist-brainwashed police (China has a really spotty record when it comes to human rights and democracy). It gets worse when the Chinese government jumps over their own Firewall to spread pro-China and pro-Communist propaganda on Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and other websites that are inaccessible by their own people; so they’re basically breaking their own rules to extend their reach to try to influence people outside of China.

    Let’s also not forget how China is treating the people in Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc, to the point where they want to leave China and their manipulative ways, but then China is making things even worse for them. In 2007, Beijing said it would not interfere with the 2017 elections in Hong Kong, but they broke their promise and that led to the Umbrella Revolution and other such protests. Of course, the Chinese government turns it around and censors the truth from their own people, then goes as far as to spreading fake news on the state-influenced TV (i.e., saying the 1 million protesters in front of the Legislative Council building are there to celebrate the national holiday… and people actually believe any of that). It’s a sad state of affairs when people are beaten, tortured, or even killed for expressing critical views of the government, kind of like 1984 becoming reality.

    In any case, Huawei should be banned because it’s not conducive or helpful to the civilized, democratic world. Chinese companies are forced by the Chinese government to create backdoors or other means to facilitate the government in spying into the software or social media for the purpose of censorship and undermining peoples’ human rights. We cannot allow this to happen in our 1st world countries because we may as well be enabling the Communist regime in the furtherance of these violations on our own people.

    Harris:

    Spain update: The country rolls out 5G network using Huawei gear.

    Sources:
    https://www.rt.com/business/461954-spain-5g-network-huawei/amp/

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/16/c_138146413.htm

    BTW, all (supposed to be US-allies) Arabian gulf countries will use (and some of them already using) Huawei for their 5G networks, and the first is Kuwait which started (from yesterday, 15th of June) selling Huawei’s 5G CPE Pro router from all 3 operators (Ooredoo, Zain, VIVA). Qatar also offering the same Huawei device with all package plans starting from this week.

    Not to mention Huawei won a contract with biggest Russian operator earlier. And Brasil expressed its willingness to cooperate with Huawei for 5G deployment, ignoring all US warnings.

    Huawei clearly won the 5G race.
    Banning the company in the US because of “spying” allegations will not cancel the contracts or the already deployed networks and won’t do any good for Americans themselves because less competition will harm the consumer eventually.

    Hongster:

    Evidence for Huawei engaging in espionage: 0

    Evidence for American Gov spying using American companies: There is a whole wikipedia page about it thanks to NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. These global surveillance partners include but not limited to Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google, British Telecom, Verizon, Vodafone. Details here.

    Alain Bastien:

    The NSA global surveillance is meant to avoid attacks such as the 9/11 tragedy.

    Huawei stole the mobile technology from Motorola the inventor.

    Huawei stoke the CISCO code and Hardware manufacturing.

    https://www.prosperousamerica.org/top_five_cases_of_huawei_ip_theft_and_patent_infringement

    Willy H:

    It’s really baffling and abhorrent how the common people (e.g. here in the comments) would bow to and blindly accept what the propagandists are saying. You actually think Huawei phones have been inserted with backdoor? Ridiculous! That’s an excuse by the US for its own nationalistic ambitions. It’s clear they do not want a Chinese company to lead in 5G so they’re doing everything they can to prevent it from happening. Huawei is easily the leader of 5G development in the world, no other company is even near.

    Xiong:

    Lets not get confused between Huawei and Chinese government nor Apple or AT&T or Google and US government. Like it or not ALL GOVERNMENTS spy on their own and others outside their countries. Do not be naive to think the US or EU are any more innocent then China. Lets accept this and move on. Leave politics away from business!

    Bobby:

    “To the best of my knowledge, there are no smoking guns against Huawei in terms of back doors for China’s government.”

    Huawei SW has been developped in a way that backdoors can be added afterwards by Huawei or other Chinese technicals. China wants to conquer the world and Huawei is under Chinese government so who will really trust Huawei and their words. Remember that China is not a western country or a democratic country. Do you really trust the admistration of China? Dont be naives.

    Alex:

    “Like it or not ALL GOVERNMENTS spy on their own and others outside their countries. Do not be naive to think the US or EU are any more innocent then China. Lets accept this and move on. Leave politics away from business!”

    Especially western countries dont want that China will spy them. China will not respect IPR at all. Chinese covernment pays Huaweis bills so Huawei is not a normal company. And Huawei is not a private company. China does not understand what private means.

    Wakeup:

    There is a Huawei 5G network in China now, and look at how the Chinese Social Credit System works. If you say something bad about the government online, you are recorded, and your social credit system will be decreased. As a consequence of that, the person cannot buy a train or flight ticket. Some people are jailed for it. Huawei is providing information to the Chinese government in China right now, how to stop Huawei from providing information to the Chinese government in the future? It cannot be stopped. In China, if a company does not do what the government asks it to do, the company is dead. The director is dead. Do not listen to what Zhengfei Ren said, look at what he does, and how Huawei grew over the years. It is profoundly linked to the Chinese Government. Ban on Huawei is necessary to preserve modern democracy and rule of law. When there is a war between the West and China, will you think that Huawei would protect the information of the Western people they collected, and not send them to the Chinese government? Hell NO.

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