Soon after the introduction of US government sanctions against Huawei, the company proposed a way to resolve the conflict that had arisen and began to build relationships with its major partners . Nevertheless, the vendor had to face new restrictions from the side of American corporations – this time rather unexpected ones.
According to Reuters news agency, chip makers Intel Corp and Qualcomm, as well as research firm InterDigital Wireless Inc and South Korean operator LG Uplus, have banned their employees from entering into informal conversations with Huawei during the last 3GPP meeting, a consortium developing specifications for mobile telephony.
Placing a Chinese vendor on the blacklist of the US Department of Commerce did not imply such a ban and was to limit Huawei’s joint business with US companies without government approval. Nevertheless, representatives of Intel and Qualcomm stated that they provided relevant instructions to staff and declined to comment in detail. A representative of InterDigital in an interview with reporters confirmed that the company’s engineers had issued such an order in order to comply with US administration sanctions.
Earlier, Google announced the termination of cooperation with Huawei, which later spoke in favor of lifting restrictions on the Chinese technology giant. One of the founders of ARM responded negatively about the trade war, despite the formal break in relations with the Chinese partner. According to a number of industry experts, new restrictions on the exchange of information between engineers can slow down the deployment of 5G networks on a global scale. Huawei itself began to challenge the legality of the sanctions in court and according to rumors, is already preparing to release its own replacement for Android next year.