Have you noticed that Huawei has been under fire recently? We discussed previously how Huawei has gone from a respected technology giant to a banned service within the US. What caused all this, and what has happened so far?
Why Huawei Is Under Scrutiny
The main issue that countries have with Huawei right now is that the company has very close ties to the Chinese government. Huawei was vying to become the world’s best supplier of 5G, but many countries feared that by adopting Huawei’s plans they would be allowing them to spy on data transfers and report the details back to the Chinese government.
So far, the US has been the biggest advocate for banning Huawei, banning their products from their own country while also convincing allies not to allow them to build an infrastructure within their borders.
Is this Outrage Recent?
Not at all! In fact, the dispute between the US and China over Huawei has been going on since 2012. The US has been wary of the company ever since, going so far as to deny secret agents from purchasing Huawei devices.
Also, in December 2018 the CFO of Huawei was arrested in Canada for allegations of trading with Iran. This was a big deal due to the US’s sanctions on Iran, which Huawei was supposedly not obeying.
As such, it’s key to realize that the conflict with Huawei wasn’t something that exploded overnight. This was a gradual, escalating tension that reached its peak over a single event.
What Caused the Outrage to Peak?
The straw that broke the camel’s back was Huawei’s moves to steal key features of “Tappy,” a smartphone stress-test robot designed by the US company T-Mobile.
Huawei made a deal with T-Mobile that allowed them access to Tappy, and Huawei began using it to ensure their phones were up to par. However, Huawei began to overstay their welcome by smuggling secrets about Tappy’s design and even stealing components from it. The stolen components were returned but not before Huawei employees had analyzed every inch of it.
At the time, Huawei claimed these were just rogue employees and that they had no intention of stealing information. In 2017 Huawei was fined $4.8 million for the espionage, but the jury claimed that it was, in fact, the individual acts of the thieves and not a sign that the company itself was trying to spy on T-Mobile.
That, however, has changed. Investigators pried into Huawei employee emails and found the entire company working with one another to take secrets from the US. The US had proof that Huawei really was trying to spy and steal from them; as such, they decided to ban the company from trading with the US.
What Does this Mean for US Consumers?
Simply put, customers in the US won’t be able to buy Huawei products anymore. This was dictated by an executive order from President Trump who made it law.
Because of this new law, any US company that works with Huawei has also ceased trading with them, such as Google. It’s important to note that this decision to cut off from Huawei wasn’t a decision the companies themselves made; rather, it was forced upon them due to the executive order deeming it illegal.
As such, if you own a Huawei device, you may find it hard to get updates for it. If you own a Huawei smartphone, the operating system on it may stop receiving updates because of the ban. Currently, there’s a 90-day window which Huawei is allowed to trade in, so you may see some reparative actions occur over the coming months.
If you’re still curious about getting Huawei products, they plan to make their own operating system to rival Android.
Huawei has come under major fire recently, but it wasn’t over a single event. It was the final straw over a long-lasting tension that has finally bubbled over into a country-wide ban.
Do you buy Huawei products? If so, how does this ban affect you? Let us know below.