Huawei is set to launch its highly anticipated Mate 30 Pro this week, with further models planned in the coming weeks. The restriction means as it stands it won’t be able to launch the phone in markets outside China with the Google products that have been central to the success of Android phones.
Huawei has set a strong foot in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East even after the Ban in the US due to restrictions.
Even though it is anticipated to launch without Google Apps, it seems like it still has a strong foot in the Middle East, Dubai (UAE, United Arab Emirates).
The US government claims Huawei equipment could contain security loopholes that allow China to spy on global communications traffic, and is urging nations to shun the company in 5G networks.
US Government had recently banned Huawei.
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In the Gulf region, however, the impact of the US lobbying has had little effect, with 11 telecom firms in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain signing 5G contracts, with a further 28 contracts signed in Europe.
“I know that the US government has been trying to engage the Middle East in the same conversation as Europe around restricting Huawei,” Joe Kelly, vice president, corporate communications, Huawei told Arabian Business in a media briefing in the Chinese firm’s Shenzhen HQ this week.
“I see no evidence yet that it is having a material impact on our business – our business in the Middle East remains strong. It’s not being affected as much as other parts of the world – very small impact on consumer”
Kelly said GCC governments have no “have no big issues with Huawei because they think we’re in compliance with their national security standards”.
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“Our ambition is to keep working with Android and Google. If we’re not allowed to, we will have no choice but to have an alternative,” Kelly explained.
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“We have Harmony OS but it was not developed to be a smartphone operating system. It is an operating system designed for the internet of things, to connect many different devices, [like] television, wireless earphones for example. It can be adapted for smartphones, so if we’re not allowed to use Google then we will develop Harmony.”
He added that the restriction is also having a negative impact on US firms.
“I saw some research recently that American vendors lot $400 million in the first month after the entity list,” – Said he.
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