Sweden bans China’s Huawei and ZTE from 5G network

On Tuesday, in a significant development, Swedish regulators have banned China’s Huawei and ZTE from developing its 5G network ahead of the launch of its spectrum auction, scheduled for next month. The decision by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) follows assessments by the by the Swedish Armed Forces and security service. Following widespread concerns,…

Huawei’s mobile equipment gradually being replaced with Nokia equivalent in EU

According to two sources close to the matter at hand, telecom operators Orange Belgium and Proximus plan on replacing Huawei’s mobile equipment in Belgium and Luxembourg with Nokia equivalent. The development comes with growing recognition of U.S. accusations that Huawei’s telecom gear could be used for economic and military espionage purposes by Beijing. Both Nokia…

Big impact expected from new U.S. export control rule targeting Huawei’s chip division HiSilicon

In the latest U.S. move that strategically targets Huawei, the U.S. government is targeting the Chinese company’s HiSilicon chip business, which is key to Chinese ambition of dominating the semiconductor sector. With the latest U.S. strategic move, Huawei is set to lose access to chip making tools. In what could be the most damaging move…

Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC stops taking new orders from Huawei following U.S. restrictions

On Monday, as per a report from Japan’s news daily the Nikkei which cites multiple sources familiar with the matter at hand, the world’s biggest chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, has stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies following Washington’s move aimed at further cutting off supplies to the Chinese company. Huawei’s orders…

Venture capital arm of Intel Corp invests in 2 Chinese startups

On Wednesday, the venture arm of U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp, Intel Capital stated it has invested in two Chinese startups in the semiconductor sector. The fresh investments comes at a time when there is heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over chip manufacturing. One of the Chinese startups, Intel Capital has invested is ProPlus. It…

Newly proposed rule in U.S. Foreign Direct Product Rule will cut off supply of sophisticated chips to Huawei

Senior administrators in the Trump administration have agreed to further tighten restrictions of semiconductors on Huawei Technologies. Under the newly proposed rules, foreign companies that use U.S. chipmaking equipment will now have to obtain a U.S. license before supplying certain chips to Huawei. According to one of the sources, rule will slash the supply of…

Samsung Display working to exempt engineers from Vietnam’s 14-day quarantine program

South Korea’s Samsung Display, a supplier for Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc, has requested Vietnam to exempt 700 South Korean engineers from its mandatory quarantine requirement saying they are needed to prepare for the production of screens for new smartphones. South Korea is Vietnam’s biggest foreign investor. In an effort to contain the outbreak of…

U.S. mulls changes to Foreign Direct Product Rule to cut off Huawei from global chip supply chain

According to two sources familiar with the matter at hand, the Trump administration is mulling options, which includes changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker. These are among the many proposal the U.S. Administration is looking at…