Huawei’s breakthrough in securing essential supplies underscores the mixed success of a US campaign against China’s largest tech company since 2018. Citing national security concerns, the White House started by trying to curtail the sale of American software and circuitry to
before finally enacting sweeping restrictions against its suppliers including TSMC.
It’s that last salvo, a ban on the sale of ready-made, commercially available semiconductors, that finally knee-capped Huawei’s smartphone business and forced it to curtail device production, sources said. Representatives for Huawei
and TSMC declined to comment.
But the Tiangang chip, designed inhouse by secretive division HiSilicon, has proven pivotal to keeping the 5G business afloat.
Huawei had leaned on TSMC in the months before Washington shut that loophole and it can now continue to supply China Mobile, China Telecom Corp. and China Unicom — the carrier trio now aggressively building out a nationwide 5G network Beijing considers instrumental to driving the world’s no. 2 economy.
A China Mobile representative declined to comment for this story. A China Telecom spokesperson said the company will communicate any impact from curbs on Huawei but declined to comment on discussions about chip supply. Unicom representatives didn’t respond to requests for comment.
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