We break down the Chinese telecom giant’s saga, day by day, from 2018 to today.
Huawei is a huge telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but it’s a pariah in countries like the US. There’s been no shortage of in recent years, and countries have been banning the use of its equipment as their 5G networks develop. Its , despite its massive presence around the world.
The company’s chairman had predicted that removed by 2027 – a decision that Huawei as .for Huawei, and there certainly have been challenges. The US continues to to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks. In July, the UK opted to ban Huawei from its 5G infrastructure: The company’s gear must be
The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It’s the reason why theand why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks. A year later, Trump extended the order until 2021.
The US initially offered a reprieve to companies, allowing them to work with Huawei through a temporary general license, but the Commerce Department accused the company of exploiting the rules to continue using American technology in its semiconductor design. It in August 2020 and said the temporary general license wouldn’t be extended further.
Huawei has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence.
It can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so here’s a timeline going back to 2018.
Nov. 2, 2020: Huawei reportedly works on plan for dedicated Shanghai chip plant to get around US restrictions.
Oct. 29, 2020: Potential Huawei ban raises concerns over 5G in Brazil.
Oct. 28, 2020: BT and Ericsson sign 5G deal as Huawei ban takes shape.
Oct. 26, 2020: Huawei CFO’s trial.
Oct. 20, 2020: Sweden bans Huawei from its 5G networks.
Oct. 8, 2020: UK ParliamentHuawei colluded with Chinese state.
Oct. 1, 2020: UK found a flaw of “national significance” in Huawei tech, a government report says.
Sept. 30, 2020: China reportedly preparesfollowing Huawei prompt.
Sept. 29, 2020: BT picks Nokia to power 5G networks as UK starts to phase out Huawei.
Sept. 23, 2020: Huawei chairman labels ongoing US bans as “non-stop aggression.”
Sept. 10, 2020: Huawei says it’sand expanding it . It also reveals .
Sept. 4, 2020: FCC estimatesto remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks.
Aug. 24, 2020: India willHuawei equipment from its networks as border tensions rise, a report says.
Aug. 19, 2020: Huawei says its older Android phones will continue to get software and security updates even though its Google license has expired.
Aug. 17, 2020: US tightens restrictions on Huawei’s access to American chips.
Aug. 13, 2020: India takes steps toof its 5G rollout.
July 30, 2020: Huaweito become world’s biggest phone maker, analyst says.
July 29, 2020: Qualcomm settles long-running Huawei.
July 20, 2020: China reportedlyagainst Nokia and Ericsson if EU bans Huawei.
July 15, 2020: Trump administration hits Huawei workers with.
July 14, 2020: UK follows USfrom its 5G network.
July 3, 2020: Huawei bringsto its AppGallery store.
June 30, 2020: Huawei and ZTE officiallyby FCC.
June 25, 2020: Trump administration designates Huawei as.
June 17, 2020: Huawei reveals which phones will get.
June 15, 2020: Commerce Department lets US companieson developing 5G standards.
June 10, 2020: NATO boss supports the UK’s review of Huawei’s role in its 5G rollout.
June 9, 2020: Huawei insists it “grew up in the UK” and wants to play a significant role in the country’s 5G deployment.
June 4, 2000: Documents reportedly reveal Huawei covered up ownership of Iranian affiliate in scheme to sell prohibited US tech.
June 3, 2000: Canadian telecoms effectively lock Huawei out of country’s 5G development.
June 2, 2020: US Senator Tom Cotton tells British politicians he thinks China is trying to use Huawei to “drive a hi-tech wedge between” America and the UK.
June 1, 2020: Huawei reportedly turns to rival chipmakers to weather US clampdown.
May 27, 2020: Huawei CFOto dismiss extradition to the US.
May 22, 2020: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly looks to reduce Huawei’s role in country’s 5G networks.
May 18, 2020: Huaweias “pernicious” and “arbitrary,” and China reportedly prepares to take “forceful countermeasures” against US tech companies.
May 14, 2020: Trumptargeting Huawei for another year.
May 7, 2020: US rule might let American companieson 5G.
May 1, 2020: Huawei Australia’s carrier business drops 21% for 2019 as 5G ban bites.
April 29, 2020: Huawei reportedlywith European chipmaker in the face of increasing US restrictions on suppliers.
April 21, 2020: Huawei reports 1.4% revenue increase for the first quarter of 2020 as it grapples with the . Also, senior British official reportedly says UK is unlikely to reconsider “firm” decision to allow Huawei access to non-sensitive parts of its 5G network.
April 20, 2020: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei downplays his influence over the company in a South China Morning Post profile.
April 17, 2020: Chinese teaser video showcases Huawei’s Nova 7 phone series ahead April 23 reveal.
April 15, 2020: BT delays removal of Huawei equipment from EE’s core network by two years.
April 13, 2020: Huawei warns that disrupting its involvement in Britain’s 5G rollout would do the country “a disservice.”
April 2, 2020: Huawei signs non-aggression patent pact as it joins Open Invention Network.
March 31, 2020: Huawei reportsas US ban takes its toll.
March 27, 2020: Huawei reportedly startswith Tencent, the biggest games company in the world.
March 26, 2020: Huawei, along with . Also, senior US officials reportedly agree on new rules to from global chip suppliers.
Video: Huawei unveils P40, P40 Pro and Pro Plus
March 24, 2020: Huawei P40 and P40 Pro apparentlyahead of launch.
March 12, 2020: Trump planning to allow some Huawei gear in its 5G network.to prevent US rural telecom carriers from using Huawei network equipment, and France is reportedly
March 9, 2020: Huawei presses Canada over Huawei role in 5G network.due to coronavirus, and US envoy reportedly
March 6, 2020: Huawei reportedly projects major drop in phone sales amid US sanctions.
March 4, 2020: Nokia and Ericsson pleads not guilty to new US criminal charges in 2018 case and FCC’s Brendan Carr says US “cannot treat Huawei as anything other than a threat to our collective security.”as Huawei 5G alternative. Also, Huawei
March 3, 2020: US senators urge UKin its 5G network.
March 2, 2020: Leaked documents reportedly reveal Huawei’s role in shipping prohibited US gear to Iran.
Feb. 28, 2020: Huawei will spend €200 million on new 5G plant in France.
Feb. 27, 2020: FCCon Huawei use in US networks, and Senate passes bill of Huawei gear.
Feb. 26, 2020: Officials from Huawei and Defense Department.
Feb. 24, 2020: Huawei will launch its P40 Pro heated phone call about Huawei 5G decision., its will be available outside China and the company is bringing a to Europe. And Trump reportedly accuses British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “betrayal” in a
Feb. 23, 2020: Google warns people against sideloading its apps on Huawei’s P40 phones.
Feb. 21, 2020: The White House reportedly is planning a 5G summit to combat Huawei.
Feb. 20, 2020: Huawei makes an aggressive 5G infrastructure product pitch to European nations.
Feb. 18, 2020: A judgechallenging the US government’s equipment ban.
Feb. 14, 2020: Huawei getsfrom Commerce Department.
Feb. 13, 2020: The Justice Departmentwith racketeering and theft of trade secrets.
Feb. 11, 2020: The US reportedly finds Huaweito mobile networks globally.
Feb. 7, 2020: Attorney General William Barr suggests thatto counter Huawei.
Feb, 6, 2020: Huawei hits Verizon with, and it’ll reportedly with Vivo and Oppo against Google Play Store.
Feb. 5, 2020: Vodafone says implementing UK and European Huawei restrictions.
Feb. 3, 2020: Huawei asks FCC to, and updates .
Jan. 30, 2020: Australian politicians dismiss talk of revisiting Huawei 5G ban.
Jan. 29, 2020: EU, but warns states to limit core network access.
Jan. 28, 2020: UK some limitations, while an analyst says Huawei is the world’s .to build the country’s non-core 5G network, with
Jan. 24, 2020: The Pentagon reportedlyon US companies selling to Huawei.
Jan. 23, 2020: Huaweidue to outbreak.
Jan. 20, 2020: Huawei will use TomTom’s navigation software and data after losing Google Maps.
Jan. 16, 2020: Huawei Mate XS foldable phone will reportedly be, while images of hint at many camera features.
Jan. 15, 2020: Huawei shipped nearly 7 million 5G phones last year, and it’s reportedly courting developers to build apps for its phones.
Jan. 9, 2020: Sen. Tom Cotton unveils a bill to stop the US from sharing intelligence with countries that use Huawei 5G technology.
Jan. 7, 2020: Huawei is allowed to participate in India’s 5G trial phase.
Dec. 31, 2019: Huawei boosted phone sales in 2019 but predicts a “difficult” 2020.
Dec. 26, 2019: Huawei rebuts suggestions that Chinese state support drove its growth.
Dec. 20, 2019: Huawei’s new P40 Pro rumored to have 10x optical zoom.
Dec. 19, 2019: Greenland opts for Sweden’s Ericsson over Huawei for 5G rollout.
Dec. 18, 2019: Huawei opens 5G innovation center in London.
Dec. 17, 2019: Huawei will drastically reduce Huawei gear use for its core 5G network.in March without Google support, and Spain’s Telefonica says it’ll
Dec. 16, 2019: US House of Representativesfrom buying Huawei gear.
Dec. 15, 2019: Norway’s Telenor says Huawei will still play a role in the country’s 5G rollout.
Dec. 13, 2019: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou wins court order to receive documents for her arrest and extradition.
Dec. 8, 2019: Huawei will bringto next year, but not phones.
Dec. 5, 2019: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsonafter hinting at ban.
Dec. 4, 2019: Huaweiin legal challenge.
Dec. 3, 2019: Huawei disqualifies Huawei lawyer from fraud and sanctions case, citing conflict of interest.out of Mate 30 in wake of Trump’s ban, and US judge
Dec. 2, 2019: Huawei predicts Australia’s 5G ban will force it to cut 1,500 jobs.
Video: What is going on between Huawei and the US?
Nov. 29, 2019: Huawei will apparentlyto exclude it from federal subsidies.
Nov. 26, 2019: Huawei and Samsungfor third quarter, while others see decline.
Nov. 25, 2019: Huawei unveils its iPad Pro rival, the MatePad Pro, for China.
Nov. 22, 2019: The FCCfrom billions in federal subsidies, while senators want Trump that let US companies sell to Huawei.
Nov. 21, 2019: Microsoftto export software to Huawei.
Video: Huawei P40 Pro and Plus first impressions: CNET editors react
Nov. 20, 2019: Huawei Mate X’s folding screen.
Nov. 19, 2019: Huawei says US license extension doesn’t change the fact that it’s.
Nov. 12, 2019: Huawei is reportedly giving stafffor sticking through US ban.
Nov. 8, 2019: Trump’s tech chieffor “opening their arms” to Huawei.
Nov. 7, 2019: Huawei founder says the company’s coping fine with the US trade ban, but stresses the need for open collaboration.
Nov. 5, 2019: Hungary will reportedly work with Huawei in building its 5G network.
Nov. 4, 2019: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says licensesto sell equipment to Huawei “will be forthcoming very shortly.”
Nov. 1, 2019: Huawei might be working on an.
Oct. 31, 2019: The UK general election has apparently delayed the decision on giving Huawei access to the UK’s 5G network again. Also, Huawei ships in 2019’s third quarter.
Oct. 28, 2019: The Federal Communications Commission says it’llto wireless carriers using Huawei and ZTE equipment.
Oct. 23, 2019: Huawei be easier to bribe telecom staff than build backdoors into networks.in China and celebrates two months sooner than it did last year. Also, the company’s cybersecurity chief says it’d
Oct. 21, 2019: A Huawei executive acknowledges the company’s.
Oct. 16, 2019: Huawei sold a whole bunch of phones despite the US ban, while a Mate X unboxing video hints at the foldable phone’s imminent release. Also, Germany caused an uproar with draft network security rules that would let Huawei work on its 5G networks.
Oct. 15, 2019: Huawei and Sunrise co-build a 5G research center in Switzerland.
Oct. 9, 2019: Trump is reportedly ready to approve sales of US goods to Huawei.
Oct. 4, 2019: Malaysian telecom Maxis signs up with Huawei for 5G.
Oct. 2, 2019: Huawei Mate 30 phones apparently lose backdoor access to Google apps.
Sept. 30, 2019: Huawei opens flagship store in Shenzhen.
Sept. 26, 2019: Huawei apparently iswithout US parts, and Norway says it won’t ban the company from its 5G rollout.
Sept. 19, 2019: Huawei unveils the, Watch GT 2 and Vision TV .
Sept. 18, 2019: Huawei urges Australia to embrace Chinese products during its “explosion of innovation,” and its Mate 30 event lineup
Sept. 12, 2019: Huawei’s founder is ready to with Linux preinstalled in China.to a Western buyer. Separately, Huawei is selling MateBook laptops
Sept. 10, 2019: Huaweiagainst the US government after its telecom equipment is returned.
Sept. 9, 2019: Microsoft President Brad Smith with fraud for allegedly taking a California company’s tech for Huawei’s benefit.to offer more evidence to back up its Huawei ban. Also, US prosecutors charge a Chinese professor
Sept. 8, 2019: Huawei’s Mate X foldable phonein October.
Sept. 6, 2019: Huaweiwith “new” P30 Pro, but only the colors are new. It also shows off the that’ll power its Mate 30.
Sept. 3, 2019: Huawei accuses US ofto disrupt its business. It also intends to despite the US trade ban.
Sept. 2, 2019: Huawei announces that the Mate 30 series.
Video: Huawei shows off Bluetooth smart glasses
Aug 27, 2019: US reportedlyfor Huawei licenses, but none have been issued yet. Also, new Huawei phones reportedly to use Android.
Aug. 23, 2019: Huawei reckons the US ban will sheds 100 Australian jobs after being banned from country’s 5G rollout., and
Aug. 22, 2019: Huawei says itto launch a Harmony-powered phone.
Aug. 19, 2019: US Commerce Departmentallowing companies to work with Huawei.
Aug. 18, 2019: Trump says hewith Huawei due to the “national security threat” it represents.
Aug. 16, 2019: Huawei’s founderthat UK “won’t say no to us” in its 5G rollout.
Aug. 15, 2019: Huaweiof its Mate X again, and might be working on .
Aug. 14, 2019: Huawei is apparentlywireless internet connectivity.
Aug. 13, 2019: India remains undecided on letting Huawei sell its 5G networking equipment in the country.
Aug. 9, 2019: Huawei unveils“Harmony,” while Trump says the US with Huawei.
Aug. 7, 2019: Trump administration says it’llfrom doing business with Huawei, and Republican senators over Huawei project.
Aug. 6, 2019: Huawei Twitter poll reveals its followers think it’s owned by the Chinese government, but people on Facebook disagree.
Aug. 4, 2019: Huawei will reportedly release ain late 2019.
July 31, 2019: Huawei beat iPhonein 2019’s second quarter, research firm said.
July 30, 2019: Huawei reported licenses allowing Huawei sales by next week.despite US ban, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Trump administration could decide on
July 29, 2019: Huawei and Google were reportedlybefore ban.
July 26, 2019: Chinese authorities suspect FedEx illegally held back over 100 Huawei packages, report said.
July 25, 2019: Electronics company reportedly “seized” $100M of Huawei goods following US ban.
July 24, 2019: United Arab Emirates telecom says US ban on Huawei isn’t an issue for its 5G network.
July 23, 2019: Huawei lays offdue to blacklisting.
July 22, 2019: Leaked documents suggested that Huawei. Also, the White House for a meeting where Trump reportedly said Huawei licensing deals
July 19, 2019: Huawei says Hongmeng OS.
July 16, 2019: Bipartisan group of senators introduces 5G legislation that would keep Huawei blacklisted.
July 15, 2019: Canada may wait until after October elections to decide on Huawei ban, while the US will reportedly let Huawei sell to companies within weeks. Also, Huawei reportedly at its US research labs.
July 9, 2019: US willto Huawei, but it remains blacklisted.
July 7, 2019: Huawei CEO says its HongMeng OS alternative, but needs its own app store.
July 4, 2019: US government tries to get Huawei lawsuit thrown out.
July 3, 2019: Huawei remains on Commerce Department’s blacklist despite Trump’s latest decision.
July 2, 2019: Huawei reportedlyin future phones.
July 1, 2019: Trump official says eased Huawei restrictions.
June 29, 2019: Trump decides to lift some restrictions on US companies selling to Huawei.
June 27, 2019: Huawei employees worked on