Huawei is still at loggerheads with the US and its latest Mate 30 series can not use officially use Google apps because of the ban. Huawei’s issues with the US is indirectly linked with its 5G advancement. Huawei’s 5G patents are more than the 5G patents of all American companies put together. The US believes that Huawei’s 5G has a backdoor that could jeopardize national security. According to Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, the company is willing to license its 5G technology to one company and it should be an American company.
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“We would like to offer an exclusive license to one company from the West so that it’s able to achieve economies of scale to support a business,” Ren said in a live-streamed discussion with visiting foreign academics. “With this one company, I think it should be a U.S. company.”
According to Ren Zhengfei, the license will include chip designs, hardware, and source code. He said a US company is preferable because Huawei already has competitors like Nokia Oyj and Ericsson AB from Europe. By the end of this year, the Chinese manufacturer will have about 600,000 5G base stations. Next year, the company will build 1.5 million base stations and it does not need American components to achieve that. However, Ren said that it would prefer buying from U.S. suppliers.