Egypt's Competition Authority summons Huawei representatives to discuss Google crisis

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 May 2019

File photo: A man looks at a Huawei mobile phone as he shops at an electronic market in Shanghai January 22, 2013. REUTERS

The Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) has summoned representatives from Chinese giant technology company Huawei to discuss the rising conflict between the telecommunications equipment provider and Google.

According to a statement by the ECA, the head of the authority Rady Abdel-Moety summoned the Chinese company’s representatives to discuss repercussions over the ongoing tech tug-of-war.

Huawei’s representative stressed that the operating systems, both by Huawei and Google, continue to work on all of the company’s smartphones. He added that there were current talks with Google for a solution that would best benefit consumers.

Huawei phones are powered by the Android operating system, which is owned by Google.

The dilemma started after US President Donald Trump placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, placing restrictions on American companies conducting business with the Chinese tech giant.

Trump’s decision has led to Google halting business with Huawei, including the exchange of hardware and software products, excluding those covered by open source licenses.

Several other US companies have also cut ties with Huawei, including Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc. and Broadcom Inc.

Huawei will be able to keep sending software updates to its phones until 19 August despite an immediate sales ban in the United States, after it succeeded in receiving a temporary license from the United States Commerce Department.

The major blow has led the Chinese manufacturer to consider rolling out its own operating system, with a launch date still undecided. 

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