Huawei can keep sending software updates to phones for three months, US says

Huawei may continue to send software updates to its phones during the next three months despite an effective sales ban in the United States, after receiving a temporary license from the United States Department of Commerce.

Reuters reported for the first time on the license, which will expire on August 19.

The license, effective today, allows Huawei to take the necessary measures to provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei phones that were available to the public on May 16, 2019 or earlier. " The license also allows Huawei to maintain its existing network equipment and receive security vulnerability revelations.

Last week, the Trump administration declared a national emergency that allowed the Secretary of Commerce to block technology transactions considered to be national security risks. Soon after, the administration effectively blacklisted Huawei, forbidding US companies from doing business with the Chinese telecommunications giant without permission from the US government.

Google soon announced that it would no longer provide Android services for Huawei devices, although he said the company could continue to use an open source version. Google added that the services would also be maintained on existing Huawei devices .

"The Temporary General License gives operators time to make other arrangements and space for the Department to determine appropriate long-term measures for Americans and foreign telecommunications providers that currently depend on the Huawei team for critical services," he said. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. a declaration. "In short, this license will allow operations to continue for current users of Huawei mobile phones and rural broadband networks."

The repression of the Trump administration, which was expected for about a year, has affected Huawei's global outlook. But after the Android ban, the company said in an announcement that it would continue to provide updates for devices that are already in the hands of customers. "We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, to provide the best experience for all users worldwide," the company said.

Update May 20, 6:53 PM ET : Additional Statement by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.