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

Huawei Technologies faces various product and 5G wireless network project bans; business contract restrictions; security scrutiny; or pushback in various countries.

Here’s an FAQ explaining the Huawei controversy, along with a list of countries, organizations and technology companies, and their current business status with the China-based technology giant.

Notes:

  • Initial Publication Date: This article was originally published February 3, 2019.
  • Ongoing Article Updates: This article was most recently updated on December 3, 2019 with new details from the United States and Huawei.

Q: What Is Huawei Technologies’ business focus?

A: The China-based company is one one the world’s largest providers of telecommunications equipment, networking gear, smartphones and more.


Q: Why are some countries banning or reconsidering product purchases and business relationships with Huawei?

A: Numerous countries allege that the company’s products may purposely contain security holes that China’s government could use for spying purposes. Also, some countries allege that Huawei steals intellectual property from foreign technology companies.



Q: What has Huawei said about the spying allegations?

A: Ren Zhengfei, the company’s billionaire founder, broke years of public silence to dismiss U.S. accusations the telco equipment giant helps Beijing to spy on Western governments. SourceBloomberg, January 15, 2019.

A2: Huawei is willing to sign “no-spy” agreements with governments, including Britain, the Chinese telco company’s chairman said, amid U.S. pressure on European countries to shun the firm over espionage concerns. Source: Reuters, May 14, 2019.


Q: What allegations does Huawei face in terms of intellectual property (IP) and research and development (R&D)?

A: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on January 28, 2019, charged Huawei with bank fraud and stealing trade secrets. In a 13-count indictment DOJ charged Huawei, its chief financial officer, and two affiliated firms with a laundry list of crimes including conspiracy, money laundering, bank and wire fraud, flouting U.S. sanctions on Iran, and obstruction of justice.

Huawei denied the U.S. charges, saying requests to meet with the US Justice Department had been “rejected without explanation.” The company said that the trade secret theft allegations were “already the subject of a civil suit that was settled by the parties.”

Sources: National Review, January 28, 2019 and CNN Business, January 29, 2019.


Q: Why has global discussion about Huawei’s alleged business practices intensified in recent months?

A: Multiple factors have heightened the media coverage and discussion about the company. Questions about Huawei’s business practices have intensified amid the U.S.-China trade war talks. Also, numerous countries and companies worldwide are considering 5G wireless network rollouts. Plus, the U.S. DOJ case against Huawei is now public knowledge. Roll all those variables together, and countries worldwide are trying to decide if or how to permit Huawei to participate in 5G wireless network projects. Source: ChannelE2E compiled reports.



Status Updates: Huawei Product Bans, Discussions and Debates


Q: Which countries, regions, businesses and organizations are banning, debating or rethinking business engagements with Huawei?

A: The list below is fluid and sorted alphabetically. Check back regularly for more updates.


Apple: Huawei has allegedly pursued information about Apple trade secrets. The alleged evidence comes from The Information. Source: The Information, February 18, 2019.


Australia: Multiple updates…

  • The country has blocked Huawei and ZTE  from providing equipment for its 5G network, which is set to launch commercially in 2019. Source: TechCrunch, August 2018.
  • A formal WTO challenge by China to Australia’s decision banning Chinese companies from its 5G networks would force the federal government to justify its ban either on the grounds that it does not discriminate against any country or manufacturer, or that the decision was based on national security requirements. Source: The Australian Financial Review, April 15, 2019.
  • 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.

Bahrain: Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June 2019, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States’ concerns the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment could be used for spying. Source: Reuters, March 26, 2019.


Belgium: Belgium’s center for cybersecurity has found no evidence that telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei Technology could be used for spying. Source: Reuters, April 15, 2019.


BT: The Britain telecom service provider will pull Huawei equipment out of its core 4G network by 2020 to fit its own internal policy. The move follows reports that the US is trying to persuade foreign allies’ wireless and internet providers to avoid the Chinese company’s equipment, citing cybersecurity risks. Source: CNet, December 2018.



Canada: Multiple updates include…

  • The country as of early February 2019 was currently considering whether to ban Huawei from providing equipment for 5G cellular networks in Canada. However, at least one small Huawei 5G network rollout is under way in the country. Source: The Globe and Mail, February 1, 2019.
  • Canada is likely to postpone a decision on whether to allow China’s to supply 5G network equipment until after the October 2019 federal election, given increasingly strained relations with Beijing, say three well-placed sources. Source: Reuters, July 15, 2019.
  • Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou allegedly told a Canadian border official that the company has an office in Iran — an assertion potentially buttressing U.S. claims that the Chinese tech giant engaged in activities there that violated U.S. sanctions. Source: Bloomberg, August 21, 2019.
  • The U.S. national security adviser urged Canada not to use Huawei 5G technology, saying that doing so would put in jeopardy intelligence sharing with the United States and expose Canadians to being profiled by the Chinese government. Source: Reuters, November 23, 2019.

China: China on May 16, 2019, slammed a decision by the U.S. government to put telecom equipment giant Huawei on a blacklist and said it will take steps to protect its companies, in a further test of ties as the superpowers clash over trade. Source: Reuters, May 16, 2019.


Cisco Systems: Cisco sued Huawei in 2003, alleging that the China-based company stole Cisco source code to build Huawei network routers. Huawei denied those claims, and Cisco ultimately dropped the suit as long as Huawei modified its product line, discontinuing some products. Source: The Verge, January 2018.


Czech Republic: Huawei threatened legal action against the Czech Republic if the country’s cybersecurity agency did not rescind a warning about the risk the company poses to the nation’s critical infrastructure. Source: The New York Times, February 8, 2019.


Denmark: Danish authorities have expelled two Huawei staff after an inspection at the company’s Copenhagen office showed they failed to comply with laws covering residence and work permits. The inspection had no relation to recent headlines around growing scrutiny over Huawei’s ties with the Chinese government and allegations that Beijing could use its technology for spying, something which the company has denied. Source: Reuters, February 4, 2019


Deutsche Telekom: Europe’s biggest telecommunications company, said that if Huawei is banned in Europe, it would delay its deployment of 5G networks by up to two years. To avoid such setbacks, Deutsche Telekom has suggested a new security certification process for mobile network equipment, which would allow telcos in Germany to continue to use products from Chinese vendors in their 5G rollout plans.  Sources: Tom’s Hardware, January 31, 2019 and TotalTele, January 31, 2019.



Europe: Multiple Updates…

  • The European Union is considering proposals that would effectively amount to a de-facto ban on Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks (i.e., 5G Wireless projects). Source: Reuters, January 30, 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.
  • The European Commission the week of March 25, 2019, will urge EU countries to share more data to tackle cybersecurity risks related to 5G networks but will ignore U.S. calls to ban Huawei Technologies, four people familiar with the matter said on March 22, 2019. Source: Reuters, March 22, 2019.
  • European countries appear to be tightening network security regulations rather than outright banning Huawei’s technology. Source: Bloomberg, April 15, 2019.
  • A ban on buying telecoms equipment from Chinese firms would add about 55 billion euros ($62 billion) to the cost of 5G networks in Europe and delay the technology by about 18 months. Source: Reuters, June 7, 2019.
  • The rollout of 5G services across Europe has being slowed by U.S. sanctions against Huawei and as European governments review the impact of using Chinese equipment, the head of Swedish telecoms group Tele2 said. Source: Reuters, July 1, 2019.
  • EU countries endorsed a tough line for selecting 5G suppliers, including vetting the domestic legal framework to which they are subjected, potentially dealing a blow to Huawei. Source: Reuters, November 22, 2019.

Continue to page two for additional company and country updates, sorted alphabetically.

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30 Comments

Comments

    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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