Huawei threatens to put an end to all the technologies offered by American firms. Banned from the American market by the decision of Donald Trump, the Chinese group has already managed to put together a plan B in the event that the sanctions continue. In a few years, the Chinese manufacturer could be completely independent of its suppliers based in the United States.
In an interview with CNN, Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei, once again looked back on the future of the group, report our colleagues from IT Home. At first, the leader confirmed that Google could not get a waiver from the United States government, unlike Micron or Microsoft. The manufacturer is therefore not ready to recover its Android license.
Huawei has a very ambitious plan B, says Ren Zhengfei
Deprived of Google’s services, Huawei is currently finalizing the development of its own suite of applications, the Huawei Mobile Services. Besides, the firm is already testing its alternatives with Chinese users. “I believe we can build our own global ecosystem over the next two to three years,” says Ren Zhengfei, referring to Harmony OS, the proprietary OS to replace Android. A few months ago, he already assured that Harmony OS will be as popular as iOS within two years. As always, the billionaire shows unshakable confidence. “We have a very ambitious plan B” underlines the businessman.
In the rest of the interview, Ren Zhengfei goes even further. “If the United States does not allow their companies to supply us with products, we have other options,” says the founder. This is particularly true on the hardware side. Since the Mate 30s, Huawei has in fact no longer used any American component in its smartphones. The group has notably abandoned Qorvo or Skyworks technologies and dropped Broadcom’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips.
To get rid of technologies originating in the USA, Huawei relies on both homemade components. Or products supplied by foreign partners, such as Murata, a Japanese firm. “If these options become mature and stable, I don’t think we will be working with American companies again,” threatens Ren Zhengfei. In the coming years, Huawei therefore intends to boycott all American firms in reaction to the measures taken by the Trump government. It is a blow for companies like Intel, AMD, Qualcomm or Neophotonics, whose turnover depends mainly on Huawei. We will tell you more as soon as possible.