Microsoft has secured a licence to once again sell its software to Huawei as the US begins to lift trade restrictions on the Chinese tech brand. This move comes as the White House aims to resolve a long-running dispute with China and sign the first stage of a new trade deal.
What’s for sale?
Originally reported by Reuters, Microsoft is yet to confirm exactly what has been approved for selling to Huawei under the licence terms. However, analysts have suggested there is a good chance of it being the Windows operating system.
Speaking with Reuters, an official stated that the government had approved around 50 per cent of the approximately 150 licence requests that have already been processed. Currently, there have been a total of 300 requests.
Huawei is yet to reveal if it has been granted permission to continue buying access to Google’s Android mobile operating system, which is an essential ingredient to the success of their smartphone sales.
A brief history
The Trump administration began to restrict Huawei’s right to procure US components earlier in the year during an international lobbying campaign against the country. According to the US government, the brand could be exploited by the Chinese government to spy on those using it. However, Huawei was quick to deny these allegations and continued to do so throughout the campaign.
Despite Huawei welcoming this ease of restrictions, the move has already come face to face with resistance by from senior US politicians. A total of 15 senators have called for the government to put a halt to the issuing of new trade licences to the company’s suppliers.
Huawei recently faced another setback when the Federal Communications Commission came to the unanimous decision to stop providing subsidies worth a total of $8.5 billion to rural carriers which refuse to strip the company’s components out of their networks.
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