Devices manufactured prior to US trade restriction are not affected - Huawei SA

World leaders gathered to discuss challenges faced by the global economy and other issues in Osaka, Japan over the weekend for the G20 summit.

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump reversed his six-week-old blacklisting of Chinese telecom giant, Huawei.

During talks on the sidelines, he agreed to put off additional trade tariffs on Chinese goods, which also means US companies "can sell their equipment to Huawei".

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To discuss the G20 Summit, Bongani Bingwa chats to Huawei Technologies South Africa chief technology officer Akhram Mohamed.

The trade spat between China and the US not only could be catastrophic to Huawei but for the industry as a whole. Considering, Huawei's play globally in terms of telecommunication equipment and infrastructure. We are the largest telecoms provider in the world and the second largest phone manufacturer. The message we want to get out to South Africans is that there was a lot of misinformation in the market place as to how this supposed ban is going to impact them.

Akhram Mohamed, Chief technology officer - Huawei Technologies South Africa

He adds that to clarify the confusion, it was a trade restriction that came out around mid-May that American companies cannot supply their technology IP to Huawei or Chinese companies.

But it was from that period onwards. So whatever devices manufactured before that period, they were not affected. That means that everything that we launched right up to P30 and P30 Pro would continue to work as per usual.

Akhram Mohamed, Chief technology officer - Huawei Technologies South Africa

He adds that the impact of the restriction would be on future phones that Huawei would have to launch.

Does it mean we would have to utilise the Android platform or would we have to go our route to launch a separate Huawei OS altogether?

Akhram Mohamed, Chief technology officer - Huawei Technologies South Africa

Listen below to the full interview:


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