“In short, this license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei
mobile phone users and rural broadband networks.” The Huawei confrontation has been building for years, as the world's largest company has raced to a huge advantage over rivals in next-generation 5G mobile technology.
Meanwhile, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday downplayed the impact of the US executive order against his firm, saying Washington “underestimates" the telecom giant's strength and other countries would take two to three years to catch-up with it in the next-generation 5G technology.
US Commerce Department said on Monday that the delay does not change the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on Huawei, a move which will have a major implication for American and Chinese technology firms.
Speaking to state-run China Central Television, Ren, whose daughter and CFO of Huawei Meng Wanzhou has been arrested in Canada to face prosecution for violations of American sanctions against Iran, expressed his resentment over the ban.
“The current practice of US politicians underestimates our strength,” Ren said.
“Huawei's 5G will absolutely not be affected. In terms of 5G technologies, others won't be able to catch up with Huawei in two or three years,” he said.