ARM to stop supplying chip technology to Huawei

KDDI and Soft Bank Corp Japan's number two and number three carriers respectively are delaying the release of new Huawei handsets

KDDI and Soft Bank Corp Japan's number two and number three carriers respectively are delaying the release of new Huawei handsets

EE, which is preparing to launch 5G service in six British cities later this month, said on Wednesday (May 22) that it would no longer offer a new Huawei smartphone as part of that service.

Signage is seen outside an EE mobile phone shop in Manchester, Britain September 21, 2017.

"ARM is complying with all the laws and regulations set forth by the US government", a spokesman for the company said Wednesday.

It could feed a narrative among German voters, he said, that their government is "just giving in to pressure from the United States" if Huawei is ultimately left out of the country's networks.

The government will rule imminently whether Huawei will be allowed to participate in these new networks.

Kester Mann, an analyst at research firm CCS Insight, said: "In getting 5G as soon as next week, the United Kingdom will have completed a remarkable turnaround from laggard to leader".

An Arm spokesman said some of the company's intellectual property is designed in the United States and is therefore "subject to USA export controls". "At the moment we have no instructions [from government] to change our plans".

BT acquired EE in 2015 and has since begun removing Huawei equipment from sensitive areas on its network.

A Google spokesman Monday told Caixin that the company is "complying with the order and reviewing the implications", adding that its proprietary apps and services will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.

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The US government has been intensifying its efforts to encourage ally nations to cease using Huawei products in 5G infrastructure.

At a press event in London, EE announced it's set to flick the switch on 5G on May 30, cutting way ahead of Vodafone's 5G launch date on July 3.

Apple does not yet have a 5G phone and analysts do not expect it to launch one until 2020 at the earliest.

Average speeds at launch would be about 200Mbps, five times faster than typical top 4G speeds, while EE said smartphone tariffs would range from 54 pounds ($68) a month for 10GB of data to 74 pounds a month for 120GB.

It said it planned to reach 1 500 sites by the end of 2019.

"Being first-to-market with 5G matters little to consumers, but is clearly an important honour for BT".

Taiwan's telcos Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile also said they would stop the sale of new Huawei devices, pointing to Google's lack of support as a reason, reported Nikkei.

Until we have the information and confidence that ensures our customers will get support for the lifetime of their devices with us, then we've got the Huawei devices on pause.

U.S. internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world's smartphones, said on Sunday it was beginning to cut ties with China's Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat. With about $105 billion in global sales past year, Huawei is the world's second largest seller of cellphones and the largest seller of equipment used to build 5G, or fifth generation, wireless networks.

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