The US government provides users of Huawei smartphones with updates and access to apps for another three months. The US government extended the exemption for certain deals with the Chinese smartphone provider and network equipment supplier by 90 days, according to the Department of Commerce in Washington.
The US government also wants to avoid possible defaults on smaller US mobile service providers in rural areas that have equipped their networks with Huawei's broadcasting technology. "The Temporary General License allows network operators to provide their services to customers in the remotest areas of the US who would otherwise be in the dark," said Trade Minister Wilbur Ross.
For users of Huawei smartphones, the step means, among other things, that Google can continue to provide the Android operating system with its current operating system for the time being in full with updates. However, the Ministry of Commerce wanted to closely monitor the imports of technology.
US government fears espionage
The Chinese company Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone provider, one of the world's leading network equipment suppliers and a pioneer in the new 5G mobile communications standard. In May, during the trade dispute with China, the US placed the company on a list of companies whose business relationships with US partners are tightly controlled.
Anyone who wants to sell or transfer US technology to Huawei must acquire a license to do so. This can be denied if US security interests are affected. For this purpose, the government granted exceptions for the third time. Most recently, the US government approved the Chinese group for 90 days in mid-August. Affected customers should have more time to search for alternatives, it said. However, renewed renewal should also be geared not to jeopardize ongoing trade talks with China.
The US government accuses the group of being too close to the Chinese leadership and suspects Huawei of spying on China. Evidence has not yet been made public, Huawei rejects the allegations. The government also accuses Huawei of violating US sanctions against Iran.
In other countries, Huawei is controversial as a network equipment provider. For example, the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan have banned Huawei from participating in the creation of the 5G network. In Germany, the involvement of the group in the 5G network is also discussed controversially. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had repeatedly spoken out against Huawei's expulsion. She advocated establishing strict safety criteria for all outfitters without excluding individual companies from a particular country