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Huawei Customers Not Affected by US-China Impasse: Vodafone Fiji

Current Huawei products in the market will not be impacted.
29 May 2019 09:38
Huawei Customers Not Affected by US-China Impasse: Vodafone Fiji

Vodafone Fiji says Huawei products in stock or owned by its customers have not been affected by the USA President Donald Trump’s restriction on the Chinese tech giant.

Vodafone head of eCommerce and Corporate Affairs Shailendra Prasad told Fiji Sun they were aware of the current impasse between the USA and Huawei and are closely monitor­ing developments.

“At this stage, Huawei products in use by Vodafone customers and those in-stock on hand are not in any way affected by the impasse,” he said.

“Vodafone will continue to serve its customers who seek Huawei prod­ucts until such time there is any further change in developments that may adversely affect our customers.

“As per Huawei, the current prod­ucts in the market will not be im­pacted.

“Vodafone continues to provide the best and latest of products and ser­vices to its customers.”

Mr Prasad said they would contin­ue to advise their customers accord­ingly.

The US Government last week announced a ban which in effect stopped Google from offering its products to Huawei.

This means the Android operat­ing system – owned by Google and run on most Huawei phones can no longer be deployed on future Huawei phones.

The ban came after US President Donald Trump failed to convince European allies to block the use of Huawei technology, in what is being called an escalating trade war with China.

According to Reuters, Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hard­ware, software and technical ser­vices except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company.

Holders of current Huawei smart­phones with Google apps, however, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google, a Google spokesperson said, confirming earlier reporting by Reu­ters.

A Google spokesperson said they are complying with the order and re­viewing the implications.

Google also confirmed that it is re­stricting Huawei’s access to Android software, except versions which are publicly available.

Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj


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