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Huawei may get slight reprieve in US markets with extension of trade waiver

Despite the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, Huawei received a small reprieve in the way of a general license allowing U.S. firms to transact with the Chinese telecom giant. That license is set to expire on Monday, but sources familiar with the matter claim the U.S. Department of Commerce will extend the license by six months.

During the trade war between the United States and China, Huawei has often been the focus of discussion. The world’s second-largest smartphone OEM may get a bit of breathing room; a temporary general license that allows some U.S. businesses to deal with Huawei may get a six-month extension.

Huawei was one of the several Chinese firms blacklisted by the United States back in May, banning U.S. companies from selling to or buying from Huawei. However, in August, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted a temporary general license that allowed certain business transactions between Huawei and U.S. companies. That general license is set to expire on Monday, November 18th. According to Politico, two people familiar with the matter claim the Commerce Department will extend that agreement by six-months.

While the extension will help out some U.S. companies, it’s likely not the ones you’re thinking of. Chip manufacturers like Qualcomm and Intel will still be unable to transact with or export to Huawei. Instead, the license was granted to help out rural telecommunications companies, which rely heavily on Huawei-made infrastructure.

The license allows the telecom companies to receive software updates and patches from Huawei in addition to new equipment. The license also helps cellular carriers push updates to supported Huawei handsets. Chipmakers are still barred from sending silicon to Huawei, a move which the say is unfair as exporting hardware presents no security risk.

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Sam Medley, 2019-11-17 (Update: 2019-11-17)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.