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Huawei ban timeline: Company reportedly strengthens European links in face of US restrictions
Huawei is the world’s No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 phone manufacturer, but it’s a pariah in countries like the US. For more than a year, there’s been no shortage of, and a number of countries have banned the use of its networking equipment. Its despite its massive presence around the world.
The company’s chairman predicted thatfor Huawei, and the early going seems to bear that out — the US is continuing to to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks. Despite this, January saw UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to build non-core parts of the country’s 5G infrastructure, setting an important precedent as .
In April, Huawei reported that its revenue for the first quarter of the year was 182.2 billion yuan (around $25.7 billion) — an increase of 1.4% year over year — despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It’s the reason why theand why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks.
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The US offered a temporary reprieve to companies, allowing them to work with Huawei. Huawei has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence.
It can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so here’s a timeline gathering a bunch from 2018 to today.
April 29, 2020: Huawei reportedlywith European chipmaker in the face of increasing US restrictions on suppliers.
April 21, 2020: Huawei reports 1.4% revenue increase for the first quarter of 2020 as it grapples with the. Also, senior British official reportedly says UK is unlikely to reconsider “firm” decision to allow Huawei access to non-sensitive parts of its 5G network.
April 20, 2020: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei downplays his influence over the company in a South China Morning Post profile.
April 17, 2020: Chinese teaser video showcases Huawei’s Nova 7 phone series ahead April 23 reveal.
April 15, 2020: BT delays removal of Huawei equipment from EE’s core network by two years.
April 13, 2020: Huawei warns that disrupting its involvement in Britain’s 5G rollout would do the country “a disservice.”
April 2, 2020: Huawei signs non-aggression patent pact as it joins Open Invention Network.
March 31, 2020: Huawei reportsas US ban takes its toll.
March 27, 2020: Huawei reportedly startswith Tencent, the biggest games company in the world.
March 26, 2020: Huawei, along with . Also, senior US officials reportedly agree on new rules to from global chip suppliers.
March 24, 2020: Huawei P40 and P40 Pro apparentlyahead of launch.
March 12, 2020: Trumpto prevent US rural telecom carriers from using Huawei network equipment, and France is reportedly planning to allow some Huawei gear in its 5G network.
March 11, 2020: US officials reportedly postpone a meeting on potential new restrictions on sales of technology to Huawei and China, and the Commerce Department extends Huawei license through May 15.
March 9, 2020: Huaweidue to coronavirus, and US envoy reportedly presses Canada over Huawei role in 5G network.
March 6, 2020: Huawei reportedly projects major drop in phone sales amid US sanctions.
March 4, 2020: Nokia and Ericsson Brendan Carr says US “cannot treat Huawei as anything other than a threat to our collective security.”as Huawei 5G alternative. Also, Huawei pleads not guilty to new US criminal charges in 2018 case and FCC’s
March 3, 2020: US senators urge UKin its 5G network.
March 2, 2020: Leaked documents reportedly reveal Huawei’s role in shipping prohibited US gear to Iran.
Feb. 28, 2020: Huawei will spend €200 million on new 5G plant in France.
Feb. 27, 2020: FCCon Huawei use in US networks, and Senate passes bill of Huawei gear.
Feb. 26, 2020: Officials from Huawei and Defense Department.
Feb. 24, 2020: Huawei will launch its P40 Pro, its will be available outside China and the company is bringing a to Europe. And Trump reportedly accuses British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “betrayal” in a heated phone call about Huawei 5G decision.
Feb. 23, 2020: Google warns people against sideloading its apps on Huawei’s P40 phones.
Feb. 21, 2020: The White House reportedly is planning a 5G summit to combat Huawei.
Feb. 20, 2020: Huawei makes an aggressive 5G infrastructure product pitch to European nations.
Feb. 18, 2020: A judgechallenging the US government’s equipment ban.
Feb. 14, 2020: Huawei getsfrom Commerce Department.
Feb. 13, 2020: The Justice Departmentwith racketeering and theft of trade secrets.
Feb. 11, 2020: The US reportedly finds Huaweito mobile networks globally.
Feb. 7, 2020: Attorney General William Barr suggests thatto counter Huawei.
Feb, 6, 2020: Huawei hits Verizon with, and it’ll reportedly with Vivo and Oppo against Google Play Store.
Feb. 5, 2020: Vodafone says implementing UK and European Huawei restrictions.
Feb. 3, 2020: Huawei asks FCC to, and updates .
Jan. 30, 2020: Australian politicians dismiss talk of revisiting Huawei 5G ban.
Jan. 29, 2020: EU, but warns states to limit core network access.
Jan. 28, 2020: UKto build the country’s non-core 5G network, with some limitations, while an analyst says Huawei is the world’s .
Jan. 24, 2020: The Pentagon reportedlyon US companies selling to Huawei.
Jan. 23, 2020: Huaweidue to outbreak.
Jan. 20, 2020: Huawei will use TomTom’s navigation software and data after losing Google Maps.
Jan. 16, 2020: Huawei Mate XS foldable phone will reportedly be, while images of hint at many camera features.
Jan. 15, 2020: Huawei shipped nearly 7 million 5G phones last year, and it’s reportedlycourting developers to build apps for its phones.
Jan. 14, 2020: The US presses British officials to block Huawei from its 5G network, and US senators propose over $1B in 5G subsidies to counter Huawei dominance.
Jan. 9, 2020: Sen. Tom Cotton unveils a bill to stop the US from sharing intelligence with countries that use Huawei 5G technology.
Jan. 7, 2020: Huawei is allowed to participate in India’s 5G trial phase.
Dec. 31, 2019: Huawei boosted phone sales in 2019 but predicts a “difficult” 2020.
Dec. 26, 2019: Huawei rebuts suggestions that Chinese state support drove its growth.
Dec. 20, 2019: Huawei’s new P40 Pro rumored to have 10x optical zoom.
Dec. 19, 2019: Greenland opts for Sweden’s Ericsson over Huawei for 5G rollout.
Dec. 18, 2019: Huawei opens 5G innovation center in London.
Dec. 17, 2019: Huawei willin March without Google support, and Spain’s Telefonica says it’ll drastically reduce Huawei gear use for its core 5G network.
Dec. 16, 2019: US House of Representativesfrom buying Huawei gear.
Dec. 15, 2019: Norway’s Telenor says Huawei will still play a role in the country’s 5G rollout.
Dec. 13, 2019: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou wins court order to receive documents for her arrest and extradition.
Dec. 8, 2019: Huawei will bringto next year, but not phones.
Dec. 5, 2019: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsonafter hinting at ban.
Dec. 4, 2019: Huaweiin legal challenge.
Dec. 3, 2019: Huaweiout of Mate 30 in wake of Trump’s ban, and US judge disqualifies Huawei lawyer from fraud and sanctions case, citing conflict of interest.
Dec. 2, 2019: Huawei predicts Australia’s 5G ban will force it to cut 1,500 jobs.
Nov. 29, 2019: Huawei will apparentlyto exclude it from federal subsidies.
Nov. 26, 2019: Huawei and Samsungfor third quarter, while others see decline.
Nov. 25, 2019: Huawei unveils its iPad Pro rival, the MatePad Pro, for China.
Nov. 22, 2019: The FCCfrom billions in federal subsidies, while senators want Trump that let US companies sell to Huawei.
Nov. 21, 2019: Microsoftto export software to Huawei.
Nov. 20, 2019: Huawei Mate X’s folding screen.
Nov. 19, 2019: Huawei says US license extension doesn’t change the fact that it’s.
Nov. 12, 2019: Huawei is reportedly giving stafffor sticking through US ban.
Nov. 8, 2019: Trump’s tech chieffor “opening their arms” to Huawei.
Nov. 7, 2019: Huawei founder says the company’s coping fine with the US trade ban, but stresses the need for open collaboration.
Nov. 5, 2019: Hungary will reportedly work with Huawei in building its 5G network.
Nov. 4, 2019: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says licensesto sell equipment to Huawei “will be forthcoming very shortly.”
Nov. 1, 2019: Huawei might be working on an.
Oct. 31, 2019: The UK general election has apparently delayed the decision on giving Huawei access to the UK’s 5G network again. Also, Huawei shipsin 2019’s third quarter.
Oct. 28, 2019: The Federal Communications Commission says it’llto wireless carriers using Huawei and ZTE equipment.
Oct. 23, 2019: Huaweiin China and celebrates two months sooner than it did last year. Also, the company’s cybersecurity chief says it’d be easier to bribe telecom staff than build backdoors into networks.
Oct. 21, 2019: A Huawei executive acknowledges the company’s.
Oct. 16, 2019: Huawei sold a whole bunch of phones despite the US ban, while a Mate X unboxing video hints at the foldable phone’s imminent release. Also, Germany caused an uproar with draft network security rules that would let Huawei work on its 5G networks.
Oct. 15, 2019: Huawei and Sunrise co-build a 5G research center in Switzerland.
Oct. 9, 2019: Trump is reportedly ready to approve sales of US goods to Huawei.
Oct. 4, 2019: Malaysian telecom Maxis signs up with Huawei for 5G.
Oct. 2, 2019: Huawei Mate 30 phones apparently lose backdoor access to Google apps.
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Sept. 30, 2019: Huawei opens flagship store in Shenzhen.
Sept. 26, 2019: Huawei apparently iswithout US parts, and Norway says it won’t ban the company from its 5G rollout.
Sept. 19, 2019: Huawei unveils the, Watch GT 2 and Vision TV .
Sept. 18, 2019: Huawei urges Australia to embrace Chinese products during its “explosion of innovation,” and its Mate 30 event lineup
Sept. 12, 2019: Huawei’s founder is ready toto a Western buyer. Separately, Huawei is selling MateBook laptops with Linux preinstalled in China.
Sept. 10, 2019: Huaweiagainst the US government after its telecom equipment is returned.
Sept. 9, 2019: Microsoft President Brad Smithto offer more evidence to back up its Huawei ban. Also, US prosecutors charge a Chinese professor with fraud for allegedly taking a California company’s tech for Huawei’s benefit.
Sept. 8, 2019: Huawei’s Mate X foldable phonein October.
Sept. 6, 2019: Huaweiwith “new” P30 Pro, but only the colors are new. It also shows off the that’ll power its Mate 30.
Sept. 3, 2019: Huawei accuses US ofto disrupt its business. It also intends to despite the US trade ban.
Sept. 2, 2019: Huawei announces that the Mate 30 series.
Aug 27, 2019: US reportedlyfor Huawei licenses, but none have been issued yet. Also, new Huawei phones reportedly to use Android.
Aug. 23, 2019: Huawei reckons the US ban will, and sheds 100 Australian jobs after being banned from country’s 5G rollout.
Aug. 22, 2019: Huawei says itto launch a Harmony-powered phone.
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Aug. 19, 2019: US Commerce Departmentallowing companies to work with Huawei.
Aug. 18, 2019: Trump says hewith Huawei due to the “national security threat” it represents.
Aug. 16, 2019: Huawei’s founderthat UK “won’t say no to us” in its 5G rollout.
Aug. 15, 2019: Huaweiof its Mate X again, and might be working on .
Aug. 14, 2019: Huawei is apparentlywireless internet connectivity.
Aug. 13, 2019: India remains undecided on letting Huawei sell its 5G networking equipment in the country.
Aug. 9, 2019: Huawei unveils“Harmony,” while Trump says the US with Huawei.
Aug. 7, 2019: Trump administration says it’llfrom doing business with Huawei, and Republican senators over Huawei project.
Aug. 6, 2019: Huawei Twitter poll reveals its followers think it’s owned by the Chinese government, but people on Facebook disagree.
Aug. 4, 2019: Huawei will reportedly release ain late 2019.
July 31, 2019: Huawei beat iPhonein 2019’s second quarter, research firm said.
July 30, 2019: Huawei reporteddespite US ban, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Trump administration could decide on licenses allowing Huawei sales by next week.
July 29, 2019: Huawei and Google were reportedlybefore ban.
July 26, 2019: Chinese authorities suspect FedEx illegally held back over 100 Huawei packages, report said.
July 25, 2019: Electronics company reportedly “seized” $100M of Huawei goods following US ban.
July 24, 2019: United Arab Emirates telecom says US ban on Huawei isn’t an issue for its 5G network.
July 23, 2019: Huawei lays offdue to blacklisting.
July 22, 2019: Leaked documents suggested that Huawei. Also, the White House for a meeting where Trump reportedly said Huawei licensing deals
July 19, 2019: Huawei says Hongmeng OS.
July 16, 2019: Bipartisan group of senators introduces 5G legislation that would keep Huawei blacklisted.
July 15, 2019: Canada may wait until after October elections to decide on Huawei ban, while the US will reportedly let Huawei sell to companies within weeks. Also, Huawei reportedlyat its US research labs.
July 9, 2019: US willto Huawei, but it remains blacklisted.
July 7, 2019: Huawei CEO says its HongMeng OS alternative, but needs its own app store.
July 4, 2019: US government tries to get Huawei lawsuit thrown out.
July 3, 2019: Huawei remains on Commerce Department’s blacklist despite Trump’s latest decision.
July 2, 2019: Huawei reportedlyin future phones.
July 1, 2019: Trump official says eased Huawei restrictions.
June 29, 2019: Trump decides to lift some restrictions on US companies selling to Huawei.
June 27, 2019: Huawei employees worked on, according to a report from Bloomberg.
June 25, 2019: US companies are reportedlyon sales to Huawei, while FedEx is over the diversion of Huawei packages.
June 24, 2019: Huawei says it’llin spite of US ban, while attorneys for its imprisoned CFO have asked for the US . Also, an FCC commissioner of US networks, and the Trump administration reportedly is thinking about requiring domestic 5G equipment
June 21, 2019: Huawei unveils ain China as US tensions simmer, and its Mate X foldable phone by September. The US also blacklists .
June 19, 2019: Huawei’s CEOabout $30 billion revenue hit from US ban.
June 18, 2019: Huawei bossfrom US ban, but Microsoft again.
June 13, 2019: Chinese ambassador warns Britain that excluding Huawei from 5G sends a “bad signal.”
June 12, 2019: Huawei reportedly moves to trademark its own OS, and apparently chases Verizon for $1B in patent licensing fees.
June 11, 2019: Huawei says it’llto become world’s biggest phone seller and reportedly of its new laptop indefinitely.
June 10, 2019: Huawei reportedly asks app developers to publish on its AppGallery store, and a White House official apparently wants to delay the US government’s Huawei ban.
June 7, 2019: Facebook stops letting Huawei, and Google reportedly that its Huawei ban creates a national security risk. Also, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing is set for January 2020.
June 6, 2019: Russian telecom agrees to let Huawei, while China gives Huawei a boost by .
June 5, 2019: Huawei chairman says companywith US.
June 4, 2019: Huaweireportedly kicks off in Texas.
June 3, 2019: Science publisher IEEEon Huawei scientists reviewing technical papers.
June 2, 2019: Huawei reportedlyof phones amid US crackdown.
May 31, 2019: Huawei reportedlyto cancel US meetings, mirrors Consumer Technology Association’s to impose higher tariffs on imported Mexican goods.
May 30, 2019: Huaweiby SD Association and Wi-Fi Alliance, while it in the shadow of the US ban. Also, its in first quarter.
May 29, 2019: Huaweito rule US ban unconstitutional.
May 28, 2019: Huawei reportedlyto China later this year, internationally in 2020.
May 26, 2019: Huawei’s founder says he’d “be the first to protest” if China retaliated against Apple.
May 24, 2019: Huawei’s operating system may bewhile Amazon Japan reportedly .
May 23, 2019: US reportedlyabout Chinese ties.
May 22, 2019: Chip designer Arm, while Mate 20 X from UK 5G launch.
May 21, 2019: Huawei reportedly wants its app storewith Google’s.
May 20, 2019: Huaweifrom the US trade ban, prompting Google to .
May 19, 2019: Googlefrom future Android updates.
May 16, 2019: Huawei says US banAmerican jobs and companies.
May 15, 2019: Trumpwith a national security order.
May 8, 2019: 5G rolloutin UK over Huawei investigations.
May 3, 2019: Countriesas the US warns again of Huawei’s threat.
May 2, 2019: A Huawei leakof UK defense minister Gavin Williamson.
May 1, 2019: Huaweiin phone sales and reportedly has an for later this year.
April 30, 2019: Vodafonein Huawei equipment, according to a report.
April 24, 2019: Britain will reportedlyto 5G infrastructure. Several days later, China to let Huawei be part of 5G rollout.
April 21, 2019: The CIAHuawei is funded by Chinese state security.
April 11, 2019: Google and Huawei willfor bootloop issues in class-action lawsuit.
April 9, 2019: The US reportedlya Huawei ban in Germany.
April 8, 2019: Huawei is “open” toto Apple, says report.
April 4, 2019: Huaweito overtake Samsung and Apple, and MIT with Huawei and ZTE due to US investigations.
March 29, 2019: Huaweifor having “a loser’s attitude” because its tech can’t compete.
March 28, 2019: British watchdog warns that Huawei products represent “.”
March 26, 2019: Huawei launches thein Paris.
March 19, 2019: Angela Merkel pushes back against US pressure to bar Huawei from Germany’s 5G rollout.
March 15, 2019: Huawei’s CFObefore arrest, according to the company’s founder.
March 14, 2019: Huawei isin case it can’t use Android or Windows, report says.
March 12, 2019: US reportedlyor it’ll limit intelligence sharing. The Huawei Mate 20 shipped.
March 8, 2019: Huaweiover its equipment ban.
March 5, 2019: Huaweifor international cybersecurity standards.
March 1, 2019: An extradition hearing for Huawei’s CFOfrom Canada, and the US against using Huawei 5G gear.
Feb. 28, 2019: Chinese kids literallyin surreal video.
Feb. 26, 2019: Samsung and Huawei.
Feb. 25, 2019: Huawei couldin the US.
Feb. 24, 2019: Huaweifoldable phone.
Feb. 22, 2019: Italian politicians reportedly
Feb. 21, 2019: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says countries using Huawei tech pose a risk to the US.
Feb. 20-21, 2019: Ren Zhengfei, the company’s CFO, was “politically motivated and that the US treats 5G like “military” tech.
Feb. 19, 2019: Ren“there’s no way the US can crush us.”
Feb. 17, 2019: The UK reportedly concludes that using Huawei in 5G is.
Feb. 6, 2019: US State Departmentfrom using Huawei equipment in their 5G rollouts.
Feb. 4, 2019: A report says the FBI raided a Huawei lab and set up a CES sting. Also, two of the company’s staff were expelled from Denmark after a work permit inspection.
Jan. 30, 2019: Qualcomm reaches an interim licensing agreement with Huawei.
Jan. 29, 2019: US hammers Huawei with 23 indictments for alleged trade secret theft and fraud.
Jan. 25, 2019: Colleges reportedlyto appease the Trump administration. Also, Huawei says it’ll reveal a foldable phone with 5G in February.
Jan. 24, 2019: Huawei reportedly says it’ll take the smartphone crown from Samsung by 2020.
Jan. 23, 2019: Huawei’s CFO may face formal extradition to the US, report says.
Jan. 18, 2019: China says a Canadian ban on Huawei’s 5G tech will trigger “repercussions.”
Jan. 11, 2019: In Poland, a Huawei employeeover alleged spying.Three days later, Huawei .
Jan. 8, 2019: Huawei fights to stay in the US with laptops and tablets at CES.
Jan. 4, 2019: Senators introduce a bipartisan bill to address concerns about Chinese tech companies.
Jan. 3, 2019: A report suggests that President Trump may use an executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE purchases.
Dec. 24, 2018: Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments.
Dec. 12, 2018: A Canadian court grants Huawei’s CFO $10 million bail.
Dec. 7, 2018: Reuters reports that Japan will stop buying Huawei, ZTE equipment.
Dec. 6, 2018: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is arrested in Canada at the request of the US.
Dec. 5, 2018: Britain’s BT says it’ll strip Huawei equipment from 4G network by 2021 and won’t use it in 5G core.
Oct. 18, 2018: Huawei tussles with US startup CNEX Labs over theft of technology.
Sept. 7, 2018: Huawei gets caught cheating on a phone benchmark test.
Sept. 5, 2018: In a Senate hearing on Facebook and Twitter, Huawei and ZTE get called out.
Aug. 1, 2018: Knocking off Apple, Huawei becomes the No. 2 phone seller.
July 19, 2018: Huaweimark for the year to date.
July 11, 2018: Australia says it’llamid security concerns.
June 7, 2018: Congressover its ties with Huawei.
June 6, 2018: A report reveals that Facebook gave Huawei
May 2, 2018: The Pentagonof Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases.
March 22, 2018: Huaweias retail partner.
Feb. 13, 2018: FBI Director Chris Wraybuying Huawei and ZTE phones.
Jan. 9, 2018: At CES, Huawei CEO Richard Yu.