Reportedly, the US government is willing to start accepting the requests from US companies for licenses to sell “non-sensitive goods” such as the blacklisted Huawei.
The Chinese company has been left out of the US device and telecoms equipment markets for several years. Earlier this year, the company was blacklisted by Washington on national security grounds.
The government restricted Huawei’s access to components only. This meant that Huawei’s handsets would no longer receive updates for the Android operating system from Google. It will not also get access to its popular applications.
Although Huawei is developing its operating system and provides its components, the nonexistence of key services like Google Maps and the Google Play Store is a huge setback in terms of the attraction of its devices in Western markets.
Also, the production of components such as modems is an expensive and arduous task.
American technology firms have been urging the US government to reconsider its approach as many of them are set to lose significant revenue if they cannot supply Huawei.
The pressure seemed to pay off with the US sanctioning some vendors will be able to do trade with Huawei. However, despite getting more than 100 applications, none had been passed to date.
The New York Times reports that the US government is now ready to change its stance regarding this. This would present a level of certainty to the US firms.
However, it is unclear which product categories are deemed to be safe. And it is worth pointing out that the ruling is still valid, meaning it could be reinforced once again if trade talks stall.
Huawei has persistently dismissed all allegations of wrongdoing. And the US has never presented any proof to substantiate its claims that the company’s networking equipment poses a threat to the national security.