The Trump administration has once again allowed U.S. companies to continue to do business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd by extending the trade license until May 15, 2020.
The U.S. Commerce Department had previously extended it until April 1.
Separately, the U.S. Commerce Department has sought public comments on whether it should issue future extensions and has asked what was the “impact on your company or organization if the temporary general license is not extended?”
The U.S. Commerce Department has also asked the public on the costs associated with ending the licenses.
The extension of the licenses allows rural carriers to continue providing services to rural customers in some of the most remote areas of the United States.
Earlier in May 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump had signed an executive order which barrs U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by companies which are deemed to pose a national security risk to the United States.
In its latest salvo against the Chinese company, which the intelligence community sees as a front for Chinese intelligence, the U.S. Congress passed a bill which reimburses the cost of replacing Huawei’s equipment with its competitor, for those telecommunication providers, who have less than 2 million customers.