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Qualcomm continues sale of products exempted from Huawei ban

by on25 September 2019

Updated: Caixin took what CEO said out of context

Qualcomm’s CEO Steve Mollenkopf confirmed to China-based Caixin that the company had resumed sales and shipments to Huawei. The trade embargo and the fact that the US government stopped companies from trading with Huawei hurt financial outcomes for many tech giants in the US including Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, and Micron, to name just a few.

Update: The original article was changed as it seems that Caixin took what Steve said out of context. They have updated the original story

The original article is below. 

US tech giants have repeatedly voiced their concern about the inability to trade with Huawei since US government placed the China giant on the Entity List. Qualcomm is also working on a long-term solution, but this has to include the US administration seal of blessing. Qualcomm and Huawei are what some like to call Frenemies. They both compete and cooperate and the same time, depending on the field.

Back in July, the US department of commerce announced that it would start issuing special licenses for companies wanting to work with Huawei. Qualcomm, for example, sells its Snapdragon processors for some of the Huawei phones and the licensing part of the company works closely with Huawei letting them access 130.000 patents under a license agreement, naturally for a fee.

Qualcomm’s ability to resume business with Huawei might be a good sign for Huawei Mate series of phones too as Google might at the end get a chance to work with Huawei and enable Google services for new phones too. We will have to wait and see, but Huawei CEO of consumer business did mention that if the US government lets Google play with Huawei, the company can have an OTA update within days.

Last modified on 25 September 2019
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