According to the US court, the prohibition of the purchase and use of Huawei products by branches of the federal government does not violate any laws. Huawei filed the lawsuit after the US Congress ordered that Huawei and ZTE be banned by branches of the government.
According to the court, there was no question of the situation raised by Huawei in which the exclusion of the company resulted in an inferior business situation. In addition, according to the court, being chosen by a branch of government to supply material is a privilege, not a given right.
Huawei argued that by not being allowed to supply to certain US governments, it would not be able to perform its function: supplying smartphones. The court also found that argument unconvincing: according to the court, Huawei’s customer base covers 169 countries, including parties in America. Being excluded from certain US governments would not mean a direct demise of the company.
According to Huawei, the judge’s decision in favour of the American government is disappointing, but the Chinese tech giant does not leave it at that. In a statement it states that it is considering further steps.
America versus Huawei
The exclusion of Huawei as a supplier of material to governments does not stand alone in America. The company from Shenzhen is also not allowed to supply important material for the rollout of a 5G network, according to the U.S. government because it is spying for China. A reproach that Huawei has always denied.
American attempts to implement a stricter approach to Huawei in Europe again caught cold this week. German committee members who are looking into the country’s technology future believed that America’s allegations about Huawei (with regard to espionage) were unfounded. The country is of the opinion that Huawei is a risk partner, but according to Germany a ‘smoking gun’ was not supplied by America.