Huawei Australia Added To US Blacklist As Ban Delayed
After already being banned from participating in the rollout of Australia’s 5G mobile network, Huawei Australia has now been added to the list of entities US companies are forbidden from doing business with.
The down under division of the Chinese equipment maker, as well as 45 others, has been a late addition to the list, which now includes more than 100 Huawei affiliated entities according to the AFR.
While the company has been added to the blacklist, the ban is still yet to come properly in to effect, with the Trump administration delaying the start for another 90 days due to Huawei’s size and the potential for disruption to telecommunications supply chains.
US secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross said the department recognises more time is needed for consumers to transition away from Huawei products.
Huawei said the decision was politically motivated and that the US was hindering free market competition.
“Attempts to suppress Huawei’s business won’t help the US achieve technological leadership,” a company spokesman said.
The addition of the new Huawei affiliates could close loopholes the company might have used to bypass the ban, but given Huawei Australia is primarily an import operation, the original ban would have already dealt the bulk of the blow.
Huawei recently revealed its new Harmony OS as it prepares for the likelihood of losing access to Google’s Android software.