The US Commerce Department is reportedly expected to extend the temporary reprieve it gave Huawei early in late May following the trade ban imposed by Donald Trump. The Temporary General License allowed the Chinese tech giant to engage with US vendors on a limited basis for 90 days. This gave Google time to provide software and security updates for its Android Phones.
This time period also gave Huawei’s component suppliers to finish deliveries on previous orders and telecommunication companies reliant on Huawei’s products time to source alternative solutions.
Huawei took advantage of the 90 days given to them to update their phones such as updating over 80 million devices to Android 9 Pie, rolling out EMUI 9.1 to more phones, accelerating the development of their in-house operating system, Harmony OS which was launched early this month and officially announcing Android Q-based EMUI 10.
We had earlier reported that the reprieve may be extended and it looks like the US Commerce Department has reportedly elected to extend the licence accorded to Huawei past 19th August which was the deadline.
Reuters reports that the Department of Commerce is expected to extend the Temporary General Licence by another 90 days. This will allow US companies to trade with Huawei through 17th November.
The US and China presidents are expected to discuss Huawei in their ongoing trade negotiations phone conference this weekend. It is expected a decision on extending the license may follow.
What they are saying:
“On Monday I’ll be happy to update you,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on if the existing licenses would be extended.