Huawei ban timeline: Chinese company reportedly prepares to halve its 2021 phone production


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Huawei makes some striking phones, like the Mate 40 Pro, but they aren’t available in the US and lack Google services.


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Huawei is a global telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but it remains a pariah in countries like the US. There’s been a huge amount scrutiny on the Chinese company in recent years, and countries like the UK and Sweden have banned the use of its equipment in their 5G networks. Huawei’s phones are also virtually invisible in the US, though they’re hugely popular around the world.

The company’s chairman predicted that 2020 would be “difficult” for Huawei, and there certainly were challenges. The US continued to pressure allies to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks. In July, the UK banned Huawei from its 5G infrastructure: The company’s equipment must be removed by 2027 — a decision that Huawei found “disappointing” as 5G becomes increasingly mainstream — and UK carriers will be unable to install Huawei 5G gear starting in September 2021

In Belgium, a pro-Huawei influence campaign used fake accounts to criticize legislation that could limit its access to the country’s 5G contracts in December 2020, according to The New York Times.

Read more: Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro looks beautiful but don’t buy it


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, in 2012, the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment and 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 then-President Donald Trump that effectively banned Huawei from US communications networks. A year later, Trump extended the order…

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