Alphabet’s Google has made it public that it will comply with President Trump’s executive decision to ban Huawei from doing business with U.S. firms.
Last week President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting certain kinds of technologies from being used in the USA from countries the USA deemed threats.
The ban is two-way, on one side it prevents certain technologies from being used on any U.S. networks or any platform where sensitive data might pass through. The other side of the ban stops U.S. vendors from selling certain components to those on the Identity List.
According to zdnet.com, the ban will have major consequences for Huawei the second biggest smartphone maker after Samsung of South Korea.
While it is the second biggest smartphone maker, it relies on Google’s Android operating system to run on all those smartphones.
Nicole Peng, vice president of mobility at Canalys, told CNBC on Monday, “It will be like an instant kill switch for Huawei’s ambition to overtake Samsung in the global market.”
Bloomberg reported on Monday, that components made by over thirty US tech companies can no longer sell parts to Huawei because of the ban.
The decision to ban Huawei and its technology did not come out of a vacuum.
There have been instances where Huawei, its officers, or its executives have either been accused of or charged with wrongdoing, as in the case of its COO, Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, for violating sanctions against Iran, and other charges.
In January of this year, a Huawei executive and a Polish national were arrested by Poland’s counterintelligence agency on charges of espionage.
In a recent Bloomberg article, other countries are also looking into the issues with Huawei—Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. The head of Britain’s MI6 suggested the government decide whether or not to ban the company, while in the Czech Republic, the president issued a warning about Huawei.
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