The Strategist

Google warns US against banning Huawei

06/07/2019 - 11:21

Google believes that US national security could be jeopardized due to restrictions against Huawei.

Kārlis Dambrāns
Kārlis Dambrāns
Google warned the administration of President Donald Trump that the US national security would be put at risk if Washington insisted on imposing comprehensive export restrictions against Chinese Huawei. This was reported on June 7 by the Financial Times, citing three informed sources.

They told the publication that Google’s management was pushing US officials to lift the ban on delivering products to the Chinese company Huawei without a Washington-approved license. Google warns that if the ban on updating the Android operating system on Huawei smartphones comes into force, the Chinese company will have to develop its own version of the software. One of the interlocutors of the publication explained that a new modified Huawei version of Android may appear on the market, which probably will contain more errors than the original Android, and put Huawei smartphones at greater risk of hacking.

“Our goal is to protect safety of Google users on millions of existing Huawei phones in the US and around the world,” the company spokesman said.

In mid-May, the US Department of Commerce decided to add Huawei and 70 related companies to the black list for activities that, according to Washington, contradicts US national security. In practice, this means that Huawei will need special permission from the US authorities in order to purchase any equipment from American manufacturers. The U.S. Department of Commerce may also prohibit Huawei from supplying 5G equipment to the country.

After this, Alphabet (the parent company of Google) partially froze the business cooperation with Huawei. In particular, this affected transfer of hardware and software development to the Chinese company (except for software products that use open code).

In response, Huawei Technologies warned that the ban would harm 1200 US suppliers. And the company promised to develop its own operating system “very quickly”.

As a result, Trump’s administration provided companies with a 90-day delay to adjust restrictive measures.