BLACKLISTED: Huawei’s distributor in Taiwan must explain whether its customers can receive updates for the Google Play Store and Android operating system, the NCC said
Date: May 23, 2019
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
Huawei Taiwan should reveal information about how it plans to protect its smartphone
users in Taiwan after Alphabet Inc’s Google stopped providing Huawei Technologies Co (華為) with vital software updates, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday.
Google on Monday said that it has blocked the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer from updates to some of its smartphone applications, such as YouTube and Google Maps, after US President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday last week added Huawei to a trade blacklist, banning US firms from selling components and software to it due to national security concerns.
The US Department of Commerce gave US companies conducting business with Huawei a 90-day reprieve before the ban takes effect.
The commission on Tuesday met with representatives from Xunwei Technologies Co (訊崴技術) — Huawei’s exclusive distributor in Taiwan — to discuss potential issues that might arise from the US ban, NCC Department of Frequency and Resources Director Chen Chung-shu (陳崇樹) said. [FULL STORY]