Panasonic halting business with Huawei after US ban: spokesman

Andrew Cummings
May 23, 2019

"Yesterday, an internal instruction to fully enforce that rule was issued", he added.

KDDI and SoftBank said they made the decision as it remains unclear whether U.S. technology giant Google LLC will continue providing services, including its Android operating system, to the Chinese smartphone-maker following the declaration of a national emergency over technology threats by U.S. President Donald Trump last week.

OnePlus and Huawei have also announced their latest 5G phones will also be launching soon so watch this space.

Retailer Carphone Warehouse has also said it will not allow customers to pre-order Huawei's 5G handsets.

"We are pausing pre-orders for Huawei Mate 20X in the UK".

EE has said it was already removing Huawei networking equipment from it core network.

"This is the start of the UK's 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections", said Marc Allera, chief executive of BT's consumer division, which owns EE.

With about $105 billion in global sales previous year, Huawei is the world's second largest seller of cellphones and the largest seller of equipment used to build 5G, or fifth generation, wireless networks.

In Japan, KDDI and SoftBank Corp, the country's number-two and number-three carriers respectively, said they too were delaying the release of Huawei handsets to assess the impact of the U.S. ban.

After ARM reportedly stopped all business dealings with Huawei because of technology being developed in the USA to comply with the order passed by the Trump administration in the United States, it's now Panasonic to seize dealing with the Chinese giant.

United States officials this week, however, issued a 90-day reprieve on the ban on dealing with Huawei, saying breathing space is needed to avoid huge disruption.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce placed Huawei on its so-called "Entity List", restricting U.S. firms from selling Huawei technology without government approval.

Analysts say the restrictions could be seriously damaging for the Chinese firm, with the pullback by Google and ARM likely to be "particularly troubling" for the telecoms giant.

"We value our close relations with our partners, but recognise the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions", Huawei said in a statement on Wednesday. That prompted Google and other USA firms to begin suspending dealings with Huawei, and is now spurring effects for non-US companies.

Still, concerns remain over services for Huawei's new smartphones as it is uncertain whether popular applications offered by Google such as Gmail and YouTube can be used on the handsets in the future.

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