The U.S. Department of Commerce is reportedly signing a new regulation that permits U.S. firms to work with telecommunications equipment firm Huawei Technologies to establish standards for next generation 5G networks.
Apparently, some U.S. tech companies are restrained from engaging with Huawei to establish standards after the Commerce Department blacklisted the company last year. Reportedly, the listing has left companies uncertain regarding the extent of technology and information the employers can share with Huawei.
For the record, in May 2019, the department had placed Huawei on entity list due to national security concerns. The listing confined the sale of U.S. goods and technologies to the telecom giant and has raised questions regarding how firms in the U.S. can participate in organizations that set industry standards.
The policy however only aims at addressing concerns with Huawei and not any other listed companies like Hikvision- a Chinese video surveillance company. Seemingly, last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce pressed charges against Huawei over violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran. It also mentioned that the department has positioned Huawei on entity list and stated that the company engaged in obstructive and deceptive activities to dodge the U.S. laws. Huawei, however, had declared itself as not guilty in the case.
According to a statement, the establishment of international standards is extremely important for the development of 5G solutions. The policy will aim at balancing the consideration with the security needs of the U.S.
Seemingly, in the coming years, fifth-generation wireless technology is likely to power everything ranging from high-speed video streaming services to autonomous cars.
Citing reliable sources, the U.S. Department of Commerce has designed a new policy to address this issue. The rule allows companies in the U.S. to take part in general bodies where Huawei is also a member.
Notably, the draft is in its final stage at the Commerce Department and if cleared it will then be circulated to other agencies for their respective approval.