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US lifts Huawei ban, but only temporarily and in a limited scope (Latest version)


The internet became hysterical over the weekend when it was reported Google was cutting ties with Huawei thanks to new government regulations. After a day of speculation about the company's future, the department of commerce has Huawei a temporary license to keep its current products (via Reuters).

Huawei's limited license is in operation only August 19, 2019. The permit allows the company to work with US companies to support current clients. The Shenzhen-based company will be able to maintain business relationships with Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and others to disable software updates on existing hardware.

This 90-day general license is also good news for some smaller regional networks that rely on Huawei's infrastructure. Two regions already affected by the company's ban were rural areas of Wyoming and Oregon.

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The limited license does not mean that everything is good between Huawei and the US government. The temporary license allows the Chinese company only devices that are already on the market. This means that while Huawei is still able to release security solutions to its electronics, the company will not be able to release new hardware dependent on technology sold or licensed by US companies such as Android.

If the relationship between Huawei and the US does not change, then the entity list limitations will go back in full effect. The company can use these three months to build its custom operating systems and extend the new firmware to current devices. Hopefully this last case should not happen.