The U.S. ‘Entity-List’ has included Huawei to ban its business U.S. firms but the Chinese tech giant has started to find its way out the situation and reducing dependence on US technology by moving to alternative suppliers.
As a result of its greater self-reliance, Huawei’s longer-term supply chain will be permanently altered, sources familiar with the company’s strategy said. The moves will have consequences for many of the biggest names in the U.S. semiconductor industry, including Micron Technology, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Texas Instruments, which count the Chinese company as a major customer, reported NikkeiAsia.
“You will still see a lot of U.S. components in its new products in the second half of this year,” one of the sources said. “But in the next one to three years, Huawei’s priority will be to figure out detailed backup plans and imagine a world without American suppliers.”
In Mid-May, the US Commerce Department added Huawei into the blacklist and barred the company from buying US technologies, used to produce its products specifically smartphones.
Because of this decision not only Huawei lost some of its business but U.S. firms also got a setback in their share markets.
Therefore several tech giants in the US have shown their concerns to President Donald Trump, who promised to soften restriction on Huawei as a negotiation to resolve trade issues with China.
On July 21, CEO of Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcomm, and Google met Trump on the issue of trade licensing for Huawei. As he agreed on their request for a timely license application to supply the Chinese telecom giant.
“Even so, Huawei will not stop its efforts to reduce dependence on American suppliers” told source.
In an interview with Huawei Finance, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told the company plans to ship 270 million smartphones this year to grow 30% sales and higher than any of its previous sales goal. While the founder previously said that US trade ban will hurt the company’s smartphone sales in overseas markets.
But Huawei appears to be making progress on replacing U.S.-based suppliers with Asian alternatives. It has already shifted orders of cellular power amplifiers and Wi-Fi chips once bought from Skyworks, Qorvo and Broadcom to Japan’s Murata Manufacturing and Taiwan’s RichWave, one of the sources said.
Huawei is also using its own design of power amplifier and radio frequency components into production this year with Taiwan’s WIN Semiconductors, said three sources.
Remus Hsu, a tech analyst at Taipei-based Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute, said Huawei’s goal to ship 270 million handsets this year was optimistic, even as the company’s shift toward self-made components and non-U. S. suppliers start to bear fruit.
“Huawei is making a lot of effort to reduce its reliance on the American suppliers,” said Hsu, who has watched the company for a long time. “But the sales performance of its smartphones in the second half of this year will depend on if it can get support from worldwide telecom operators.”
The main issue with its smartphone goal to attain this sales mark is depends on whether Huawei will have access to Google’s Android operating system and whether apps run smoothly, the analyst said.
As it seems like Huawei will stick with Android and will get a resumption of Android services in time because the company has claimed that it has not built any operating system alternative for Android.
Following the arrest of Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, Huawei has aggressively stockpiled components and certified alternative non-U. S. suppliers, which has helped it to stick to its launch schedules.
By judging the current situation, we can say that Huawei is capable of retaining its 2nd smartphone vendor rank in the global market this year and recent figures of the smartphone shipment sales show that Huawei has already started its sales recovery program globally.
Huawei released ‘MeeTime Space’ feature
The smartphone-maker Huawei offers a bunch of system apps for its devices including MeeTime. This is one of the most popular applications among them. It has a bunch of exciting features with HarmonyOS capabilities that made the video calling more fun.
Meanwhile, the Chinese phone maker continuously improving this app and provide more features. In the latest edition, it has released the latest 184.108.40.2066 version update for Huawei MeeTime users that has brought a new feature called “MeeTime Space”.
Now, it’s time to explore this new feature-
New Huawei MeeTime Space Feature:
After installing the 220.127.116.116 update users can spot this new feature on their respective devices. It will allow them to share mood dynamics with their associates. It’s a similar feature the can be found on WeChat Moments.
At the same time, users can also build exclusive group spaces gathering at one place with the allies who have the same kinds of things to share with you.
About Huawei MeeTime:
Huawei’s MeeTime is a video calling application that comes pre-installed on Huawei devices in the supported regions. It supports HD voice and video calls on various screen sizes that include smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and smart screens.
In addition, it offers a bunch of handy features such as call diversion, lo-light enhancement, beauty mode, screen sharing, and 360-degree background switching, and more. However, it’s only active in few counties at present, but the company will add support for the remaining regions soon.
Huawei strengthens cooperation with Indonesia cyber security
Huawei is deepening its collaboration with Indonesia cyber security and provide its knowledge and resources to empower local security arrangements. On 28th September, Huawei Indonesia, BSSN (National Cyber Security Agency), and IT Del Information Technology Institute carried out the signing ceremony in Jakarta.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei Indonesia Mr. Chen Min, President of Huawei Asia Pacific Liu Hongyun, and Minister of Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordination Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan marked the collaboration agreement.
Since 2019, the Chinese giant and Indonesian cyber security have jointly conducted a number of activities including training, web seminars, and some collective project. To date, more than 7,000 employees of government and civil sectors have attended and receive benefits from it.
During the signing ceremony, Indonesian Minister emphasizes that Huawei’s powerful and advanced technologies are quite popular in the country. Simultaneously, it’s working to contribute to the country’s digital infrastructure, and talents to welcome the green and smart future.
On the other hand, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei deems that Indonesia has a great potential for promoting “intelligentization” in everyday operations. Furthermore, the 5G, AI, wireless, and radar technologies are applicable in filed such as coal mines to higher safety standards. Moreover, the Chinese tech firm acknowledges the country’s long-term support for the team.
About Huawei Indonesia Branch:
Huawei took 21 years in reaching from five employees to 2000 plus in Indonesia. At present, 90% of its employees are Indonesian which is the main reason behind its popularity in the country. The company has opened an “I Do” project series focused on different aspects. It mainly includes,
- Society Welfare Project- I Do Care
- Public-Private Project- I Do Collaborate
- Digital Talent Project- I Do Contribute
- AI Technology Project– I Do Create
In particular, the I Do Contribute project aims to refine about 100,000 local digital talents by 2025. It’ll empower and made a solid framework for Indonesia in terms of skills, talents, and resources in advanced ICT technologies.
French Mathematician Laurent Lafforgue joins Huawei team
Laurent Lafforgue, a famous French mathematician and winner of the mathematics Fields Medal has joined the Huawei team, making it stronger in terms of research. In recent years, Lafforgue’s work on topos theory has led him to develop a collaboration with the research teams of Huawei France.
Discussions between Lafforgue and Huawei researchers, which began in 2017, first led to a two-year project, focused on topos theory and funded by Huawei, and then, in 2019, to the creation of the Huawei Chair in algebraic geometry at IHES, of which Professor Lafforgue was the first holder.
IHES reports, as of September 1, 2021, Laurent Lafforgue joined Huawei France to continue this work further in conjunction with the company’s research teams with whom he has worked so far.
About Laurent Lafforgue:
Laurent Lafforgue is a French mathematician who is known for making contributions to Langlands Conjectures. He received the Fields Medal in 2002 at the 24th International Congress of Mathematicians in Beijing and Clay Research Award in 2000 at Paris Millennium Meeting.
Huawei not only respects talents but also welcomes them for polishing their skills to jointly bring more convenience for the people. The company has always invested in scientific research and development of which is also counted first among the Chinese firms.
In this line, China has published the top 500 research and development Chinese companies that invest the most in research and development. Huawei is the first ranked research and development investor with an R&D investment of 141.893 billion yuan for 2020.
(Via – IHES)