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Huawei CEO accuses the US of preventing him from being the largest cell phone manufacturer

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Huawei blames the US for disrupting its path to the top of the global mobile market
Huawei blames the US for disrupting its path to the top of the global mobile market | Font: RPP | Photographer: Martin Calderon

Huawei continues to search for ways without commercial limits to increase its presence, but it still has an open wound in the mobile telephony sector. The blockade imposed by the US government since 2019, which has distanced it from commercial agreements with Google and other technology providers, has put them on an uncertain path. That memory lingers on head of the consumer business division, Richard Yuwho has ratified his regret on this issue.

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During a forum held in Wuhan, Yu has been clear in pointing to the United States as responsible for hindering Huawei’s path to leadership in the telephony sector: “If it weren’t for US intervention and repression, the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers could be Huawei and Apple.”

“Smaller South Korean Companies”

However, Yu’s immodest remarks included other players within the sector. “Others are small manufacturers, including the Korean company, who can sell mainly in the US, South Korea, and basically similar markets. This industry is (constantly) reorganizing, the competition in this market is brutal”.

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The reference was not explicit, but since 2021 Samsung it is the only renowned technology firm that sells phones on a global scale and that, even during Huawei’s “golden years”, remained the global market leader.

Huawei, banned three years ago

In May 2019, and in full growth of Huawei in sales, the Donald Trump government included the Chinese company in a “Black List of Entities” of the Department of Commerce, on suspicion of espionage for the benefit of the Chinese government through the telecommunications network installed in that country.

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The US decision on this issue caused Google to exclude Huawei from the “Android by Google” program, since the law establishes that companies on this blacklist cannot do business with US companies.

As a result, Huawei’s access to patents, components and licenses was reduced to nothing. Their phones, benchmarks in the mobile industry during the last years of the past decade, stopped loading Google’s operating system to make way for a version of Android with Huawei’s own services, limiting the execution of programs such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Uber and other environments based on Google technology.

In terms of hardware, the trade blockade caused TSMC, the largest chipmaker on the planet, to stop producing Kirin processors, designed by Huawei to optimize the experience in phones and tablets. Today, the Chinese giant has Qualcomm as a supplier, but cannot access Snapdragon’s 5G technology.

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