Trump Huawei ban means many in rural US could lose cell service - report

Trump Huawei ban means many in rural US could lose cell service - report
Published: 9 June 2019 - 8:51 p.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer
Near Crouch, Idaho. Photo credit: Ben Mack

US president Donald Trump's executive order banning the use of Huawei kit in the US may mean the cellular service of many rural Americans may be switched off, according to a new report.

Huawei provides mobile network equipment for many parts of rural America.

Such a switch-off could potentially be highly damaging politically, as rural Americans voted overhwelmingly for Trump in the 2016 US presidential election.

This comes as Microsoft has removed Huawei laptop listings from the US version of its online store.

The move additionally comes as US blacklisting of Huawei and rising global antipathy towards the Chinese company is causing people around the world to sell their phones, including in places such as Singapore.

It also comes after Vodafone and EE in the UK and Japan's NTT Docomo and KDDI and SoftBank Corp. have joined a growing list worldwide of mobile carriers cancelling or delaying orders for new Huawei phones.

The latest blows come as Panasonic has stopped doing business with Huawei.

It follows UK-based chip designer ARM and numerous others.

Previously, Huawei was banned from Android access, following US president Donald Trump's executive order banning the use of Huawei kit in the US.

Trump issued the executive order in May. Since the executive order, companies including Google, Intel and Qualcomm have also cut ties.

At the same time, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has reportedly told Chinese state media he expects his daughter, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, to face some jail time after she was arrested in Canada in December and charged with violating US trade sanctions.

Wanzhou is currently under house arrest in Canada as she awaits possible extradition to the US to face charges.

Since Wanzhou's arrest, Huawei has had a major falling-out with Western nations.

Meanwhile, reports also suggest Microsoft may block updates on Huawei laptops.

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