Huawei ban timeline: Chinese company’s Android rival is coming to phones and tablets


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Huawei has been a controversial company for years.

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 is a global telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but it remains a pariah in countries like the US. The Chinese company has been under  in recent years, with  and some European countries banning the use of its equipment in their 5G networks.

The company’s chairman had predicted “” times for Huawei, and there certainly have been challenges. The US has continued to to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks. 

Huawei’s phone sales also  in the fourth quarter of 2020, and it reported in every region except its native China (which was enough to make it ).

The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It’s the reason why, in 2012, the  and why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019, following an executive order from then-President Donald Trump that effectively banned Huawei from US communications networks. A year later, Trump extended the order until 2021, and  hasn’t reversed the senctions.

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The US initially offered a reprieve to companies, allowing them to work with Huawei through a temporary general license, but the Commerce Department  of exploiting the rules to continue using US technology in its semiconductor design. the US government  in August 2020 and said the temporary general license wouldn’t be extended further.

Huawei has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence.

It can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so here’s a timeline going back to 2018.


June 2, 2021: Huawei’s answer to Google’s Android, Harmony 2.0, .

June 1, 2021: Espionage trial involving former intelligence agent and ex-Huawei employee .

May 24, 2021: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei reportedly tells staff to , as US sanctions take toll on traditional business.

May 12, 2021: Xiaomi from US list of boycotted Chinese companies.

April 15, 2021: Romanian government approves a US-backed bill to from its 5G networks.

April 12, 2021: Huawei tries to for a .

April 1, 2021: Huawei reports its , but only in its native China.

March 22, 2021: China reportedly tries two Canadians , in possible retaliation for a Huawei executive’s .

March 16, 2021: Huawei prepares to to use its 5G tech as it seeks new revenue sources.

Feb. 26, 2021: Huawei reportedly as sanctions cut into its traditional business.

Feb. 22, 2021: Huawei in China. Meanwhile, an analyst reports that the company in global phone sales for the fourth quarter, declining 41.1% year over year.

Feb. 18, 2021: Huawei reportedly tells suppliers its orders for phones will this year.

Feb. 9, 2021: Huawei founder reportedly in company’s ability to survive. The company also files a lawsuit as a national security threat by the FCC.

Feb. 3, 2021: Huawei says it’ll at Feb. 22 event in China.

Jan. 25, 2021: Huawei reportedly in talks to phone brands.

Jan. 18, 2021: Trump administration reportedly hits Huawei’s US suppliers .

Jan. 13, 2021: Huawei patent reportedly refers to tech for .


Dec. 8, 2020: Huawei reportedly that could spot Uighur minorities and set off an alarm.

Dec. 7, 2020: Huawei is reportedly willing to after its equipment was banned from the country’s 5G network.

Dec. 4, 2020: The US is with Huawei finance boss Meng Wanzhou about a deal that’d let her return to China.

Nov. 30, 2020: UK bans installation of Huawei 5G equipment .

Nov. 26, 2020: UK government ($333 million) to diversify its 5G supply chain following its ban on Huawei.

Nov. 16, 2020: Huawei Honor phone business to ‘ensure its own survival.’

Nov. 14, 2020: Qualcomm reportedly gets OK to Huawei, despite US ban.

Nov. 4, 2020: Huawei sues Trump administration to linked to CFO’s arrest.

Nov. 2, 2020: Huawei reportedly works on plan for to get around US restrictions.

Oct. 29, 2020: raises concerns over 5G in Brazil.

Oct. 28, 2020: BT and Ericsson as Huawei ban takes shape.

Oct. 26, 2020: Huawei CFO’s trial .

Oct. 20, 2020: Sweden  from its 5G networks.

Oct. 8, 2020: UK Parliament Huawei colluded with Chinese state.

Oct. 1, 2020: UK of “national significance” in Huawei tech, a government report says.

Sept. 30, 2020: China reportedly prepares following Huawei prompt.

Sept. 29, 2020: BT to power 5G networks as UK starts to phase out Huawei.

Sept. 23, 2020: Huawei chairman labels ongoing US bans as

Sept. 10, 2020: Huawei says it’s  and expanding it . It also reveals .

Sept. 4, 2020: FCC estimates to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks.

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Aug. 24, 2020: India will Huawei equipment from its networks as border tensions rise, a report says.

Aug. 19, 2020: Huawei says its older Android phones will software and security updates even though its Google license has expired.

Aug. 17, 2020: US on Huawei’s access to American chips.

Aug. 13, 2020: India takes steps to of its 5G rollout.

July 30, 2020: Huawei to become world’s biggest phone maker, analyst says.

July 29, 2020: Qualcomm settles long-running Huawei .

July 20, 2020: China reportedly against Nokia and Ericsson if EU bans Huawei.

July 15, 2020:  Trump administration hits Huawei workers with .

July 14, 2020: UK follows US from its 5G network.

July 3, 2020: Huawei brings to its AppGallery store.

June 30, 2020: Huawei and ZTE officially by FCC.

June 25, 2020: Trump administration designates Huawei as .

June 17, 2020: Huawei reveals which phones will get .

June 15, 2020: Commerce Department lets US companies on developing 5G standards.

June 10, 2020: NATO boss of Huawei’s role in its 5G rollout.

June 9, 2020: Huawei insists it “grew up in the UK” and in the country’s 5G deployment.

June 4, 2000: Documents reportedly reveal Huawei of Iranian affiliate in scheme to sell prohibited US tech.

June 3, 2000: Canadian telecoms of country’s 5G development.

June 2, 2020: US Senator Tom Cotton he thinks China is trying to use Huawei to “drive a hi-tech wedge between” America and the UK.

June 1, 2020: Huawei reportedly turns to to weather US clampdown.

May 27, 2020: Huawei CFO to dismiss extradition to the US.

May 26, 2020: UK into Huawei’s role in future 5G plans. Huawei with Youtube rival Dailymotion.

May 22, 2020: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly looks to in country’s 5G networks.

May 18, 2020: Huawei  as “pernicious” and “arbitrary,” and China reportedly prepares to take “forceful countermeasures” against US tech companies.

May 15, 2020: Commerce Department on Huawei, and extends Temporary General License for another .

May 14, 2020: Trump targeting Huawei for another year.

May 7, 2020: US rule might let American companies on 5G.

May 1, 2020: Huawei Australia’s carrier business as 5G ban bites.

April 29, 2020: Huawei reportedly with European chipmaker in the face of increasing US restrictions on suppliers.

April 21, 2020: Huawei reports for the first quarter of 2020 as it grapples with the . Also, senior British official reportedly says UK is “firm” decision to allow Huawei access to non-sensitive parts of its 5G network.

April 20, 2020: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei over the company in a South China Morning Post profile.

April 17, 2020: Chinese showcases Huawei’s Nova 7 phone series ahead April 23 reveal.

April 15, 2020: BT of Huawei equipment from EE’s core network by two years.

April 13, 2020: Huawei that disrupting its involvement in Britain’s 5G rollout would do the country “a disservice.”

April 2, 2020: Huawei signs non-aggression patent pact as it .

March 31, 2020: Huawei reports as US ban takes its toll.

March 27, 2020: Huawei reportedly starts with Tencent, the biggest games company in the world.

March 26, 2020: Huawei , along with . Also, senior US officials reportedly agree on new rules to from global chip suppliers.

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Nov. 29, 2019: Huawei will apparently  to exclude it from federal subsidies.

Nov. 26, 2019: Huawei and Samsung for third quarter, while others see decline.

Nov. 25, 2019: Huawei , the MatePad Pro, for China.

Nov. 22, 2019: The FCC from billions in federal subsidies, while senators want Trump that let US companies sell to Huawei.

Nov. 21, 2019: Microsoft to export software to Huawei.



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