The US trade ban against Huawei has been in place for more than three years now, preventing the company from using Google services, making its own chips, and many other things that have held Huawei in the competition in recent years.
These measures have led to the company's exit from the top 5 manufacturers, but it seems that things will get worse for the Chinese brand in the coming period.
The White House announced that President Joe Biden has signed into law the so-called Safe Equipment Act, which means the FCC "will no longer review or approve any license application for equipment that poses an unacceptable risk to national security."
Huawei, ZTE, and several other Chinese companies were already classified as national security risks by the United States earlier this year.
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Reuters quoted the FCC commissioner as saying that the regulator has approved more than 3,000 requests from Huawei since 2018. He added that the new law:
"Will help ensure that unsecured equipment from companies like Huawei and ZTE cannot be included in US telecoms networks."
What impact does that decision have on the market?
The decision comes after a period of time in which the United States prevented carriers and rural networks from purchasing Huawei and ZTE equipment and from using federal funds to purchase such equipment.
However, it is not clear if this law applies only to networks and related equipment or if it means that Huawei and ZTE phones, tablets, computers and other consumer products will also be affected.
Devices that fail to receive FCC approval are generally not allowed to be sold or imported into the United States.
For example, Amazon's terms say that all RF-enabled devices for sale on its platform need to be certified accordingly. This means that Amazon could theoretically give up future Huawei and ZTE products if approval isn't imminent.
It seems that these measures are on the way to complicate the position of the Chinese brand more and more and increase its troubles in the world of smartphones in particular. Huawei Mate 50 Pro may arrive soon, however are you interested in buying it?