Companies in a growing number of countries are joining the anti-Huawei campaign launched by the United States, further isolating the Chinese tech giant from the international community.
An increasing number of U.S. allies, such as the United Kingdom, Japan and Taiwan, are taking part in the anti-Huawei campaign. Joining the campaign are not only mobile carriers but also global component suppliers. Notably, ARM Holdings, a U.K.-based semiconductor and software design company which was acquired by Japan’s SoftBank in 2016, has told its staff that it will completely suspend business ties with Huawei, according to major foreign media, including the Nihon Keizai Shinbun and BBC, on May 23.
ARM is unrivaled in designing processors. Processors designed by ARM or by ARM licensees are used in smart TVs, all modern smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, servers and supercomputers. If Huawei loses ARM designs, it will not be able to find alternatives.
U.K. mobile carrier EE under BT Group also said it would not launch Huawei's first 5G smartphone, the Mate 20X, in the United Kingdom and would exclude Huawei’s communications equipment by stage.
Previously, Japan’s three largest mobile phone companies announced that they would indefinitely postpone the release of Huawei’s new smartphones or suspend preorders. KDDI and SoftBank, the second and third biggest mobile carrier in Japan, have indefinitely delayed the launch of Huawei’s new smartphone, the P30 Lite, on May 24.
Five Taiwanese mobile carriers, including Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone Telecommunications, Asia Pacific Telecom and Taiwan Star Telecom, also announced a day earlier that they would stop selling Huawei’s new smartphones. An official from a Taiwanese telecommunications firm said, “We have been flooded with inquiries about whether consumers would be able to update apps through the Google Play Store after Google cuts off its Android relationship with Huawei.”
Meanwhile, Japanese electronics company Panasonic denied news reports that it would suspend transactions with Huawei, posting an announcement on its official website in China, saying, “We will continue to supply components to Huawei.”