Huawei Technologies Co. is fighting to hang on to one of its last footholds in the U.S. market, hitting back against a measure that would restrict rural carriers from buying the Chinese company’s telecommunications equipment.
In filings made public Thursday, Huawei said the proposed measure by the Federal Communications Commission would hurt rural and low-income Americans and lead to heavy costs for small carriers, who would be forced to either rip out existing equipment or scale back network coverage.
“These high costs, which would particularly harm Americans in remote and low-income areas, cannot be justified by the supposed national security benefits of the proposed rule, because these are speculative,” Huawei said.
Large U.S. carriers such as AT&T Inc. have long stayed away from gear made by Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of cellular equipment like base stations and routers. As a result, Huawei mainly supplies gear in the U.S. to a small niche of rural carriers.
The FCC proposal would limit those carriers from accessing gear made by Chinese suppliers like Huawei. It would do so by restricting the carriers from using $9 billion in federal subsidies to buy equipment made by the Chinese companies, saying these firms pose a national security threat.
Though it dominates telecom equipment markets in Asia, Europe and elsewhere, Huawei has been largely locked out of the U.S. since a 2012 congressional report said its gear, and that made by its Chinese peer ZTE Corp., could be used by the Chinese government to spy on Americans. Both companies have long denied their equipment poses a threat, and Huawei says it is privately owned by its employees.
In recent months, the U.S. government has stepped up its campaign against the Chinese telecom firms. In addition to the FCC proposal, members of Congress have scrutinized Huawei’s ties to U.S. tech companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc. Earlier this year, the Pentagon halted sales on U.S. military bases of smartphones made by the two companies.
And this week, the Commerce Department recommended that the giant Chinese network operator China Mobile Ltd. be denied a license to provide telecommunications services in the U.S., citing national security concerns.
Separately, the Justice Department is investigating whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions on Iran. Meanwhile, ZTE remains subject to a U.S. order barring American companies from selling to the Chinese firm, according to a person familiar with the matter, though it is racing to comply with a deal that would reverse that ban.
Since Huawei is effectively shut out of the $30-billion-a-year U.S. wireless equipment market, that market is largely dominated by two European firms: Sweden’s Ericsson AB and Finland’s Nokia Corp.
In its comments to the FCC, Huawei said its absence from the U.S. telecom equipment market means “average prices for network equipment are higher here than in most other countries.” It also said, “U.S. customers generally pay higher prices for a lower level of mobile service than consumers elsewhere.” Huawei also argued that the proposed rule is beyond the FCC’s legal authority.
Huawei established new Digital Energy Technology company to research on digital energy
Huawei established a new company registered under the name Shanghai Huawei Digital Energy Technology Co. Ltd. The company has Zhou Taoyuan as its representative with a registered capital of 20 million yuan.
The main objective of the company is to research and develop the most efficient energy resources. Its work mainly involves:
- Online energy metering technology research and development.
- Online energy monitoring technology research and development.
- The power industry energy-efficient technology research and development.
- Emerging energy technology research and development.
- Energy recovery system research and development.
The establishment of Shanghai Huawei Digital Energy Technology shows that Huawei may conduct research and development in the field of electric vehicles, deepening its existence in vehicle manufacturing.
Looking at the equity prices of Huawei solely owns the company with 100% Digital Energy Holdings. It can be regarded as Huawei’s yet another fully owned subsidiary.
Huawei already has a number of patents registered related to the automotive industry. The Chinese tech giant is also working on a number of technologies for autonomous driving.
There are several patents that Huawei has applied that can optimize algorithms, realize all-weather operation, automatic parking, and more.
Huawei and GAC plans for smart electric SUV
In the related news, the GAC Group has recently announced its partnership with Huawei. Both these companies are planning for a new smart SUV that will integrate all the smart car solutions of Huawei and the resource of GAC.
It will be a pure electric vehicle. Furthermore, this smart car is said to enter mass production by the end of 2023. Read more here
(Via – It Home)
Huawei joins the list of top three global innovators, jumped two place compared to last year: EU Rankings
The 2020 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard ranks the research investment levels of 2500 companies across the globe that covers 90% of the world’s business-funded R&D.
According to the 2020 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, Huawei heads to third place which is a jump of two places compared to last year. In 2019, the Chinese tech giant has got fifth place on the scorecard.
Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU Institutions said – “The EU confirms that Huawei is now among the top three innovative global companies. To maintain the European way of life for its future generations, Europe will need to use the best technologies and innovations. Huawei stands ready to team up with Europe for a joint bright future,”
Most of the global research that Huawei carries out takes place in Europe. The company has established its first research center in Sweden in the year 2000. With a series of partnerships with over 150 European universities, Huawei is deeply embedded within the ICT research ecosystem in Europe. Through this collaborative research activity, Huawei makes Europe fit for the digital age.
Huawei believes that international research collaboration strengthens EU competitiveness and contributes to climate change mitigation, thus strategically supporting the European Green Deal.
Trump orders US companies to look for an alternative to China, stocks slide
On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “our great American companies are hereby ordered” to “immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”
The U.S. President also said he is ordering all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS, and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE,….all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!). Fentanyl kills 100,000 Americans a year.
….better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
President Xi said this would stop – it didn’t. Our Economy, because of our gains in the last 2 1/2 years, is MUCH larger than that of China. We will keep it that way!” he added.
Mr. Trump tweeted. “I will be responding to China’s Tariffs this afternoon.”
….all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!). Fentanyl kills 100,000 Americans a year. President Xi said this would stop – it didn’t. Our Economy, because of our gains in the last 2 1/2 years, is MUCH larger than that of China. We will keep it that way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
The U.S. President tweets came after China hiked tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. products.
According to CNBC, Semiconductor stocks and shares of Apple slide after President Trump tweets. Shares of Apple fell as much as 4.5%, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF declined 4%. Among the chip companies, Qualcomm slid 4.5%, Nvidia lost 4.8%, Advanced Micro Devices dropped 6.6%, Micron fell 4.2% and Broadcom slid 5.3%.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq was off 2.1%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 2.2% and the S&P 500 fell 2.4%.