Entrambe le società hanno spiegato che la decisione – per ora cautelare e temporanea – è legata alle incertezze alimentate dalla battaglia commerciale degli Usa contro il gruppo. Che risponde annunciando il lancio di un nuovo sistema operativo forse già in autunno. Panasonic prima comunica lo stop dei rapporti, poi smentisce
China has presented “serious formal protest” against the US complaining about the denigration and actions against Huawei which have been prevented from purchasing hi-tech components from American suppliers. The news comes after Vodafone and EE, two leading British mobile telephony companies, announced the suspension of plans for the sale in the UK of the latest 5G smartphone models produced by the Chinese group Huawei. Both have explained that the decision – for now precautionary and temporary but still sine die – is linked to the uncertainties fueled by the US commercial battle against Huawei, a company that Washington suspects may be conditioned and manipulated by Beijing intelligence.
The CEO of EE, Marc Allera, stressed that sales will not be restored until a picture of “deeper information and long-term confidence on user security” will emerge. The Japanese company Panasonic, on the other hand, has communicated to its employees “to terminate transactions with Huawei and its 68 branches covered by the US ban” but then denied the stop to supplies by defining the Chinese company as an “important partner” .
The Chinese company responded by announcing the launch of a “made in Huawei” operating system in the autumn and not later than the spring of 2020. This was confirmed by Richard Yu, head of the consumer business division of the Shenzhen giant, after rumors circulating from Tuesday 22 May in Chinese media. “We are willing to continue using Google and Microsoft software but we have no other choice” than the development of an autonomous system, said Yu. The manager assured that the system will be far-reaching and usable for smartphones, computers, tablets, TVs, cars and smart portable devices, as well as compatible with all Android applications. However, the story shows China’s limits in the sector: Huawei does not have a sufficiently valid developer on the domestic market to support the evolution of products and updates, such as Google’s Android or Apple iOs.
For now, the 90-day “window” granted by the Trump administration for purchases from US suppliers aims to maintain the full operation of existing networks. At the end, however, without turning to commercial litigation, it is unlikely that Google will continue to sell its products.
The Asian country responded by presenting “a serious formal protest” and announcing that “it will take all necessary measures to help Chinese companies improve their capacity to manage these risks”. This was explained by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce, Gao Feng. Gao explained that China hopes that the US “behaves rationally”, correcting “dangerous and wrong actions” and opting for trade talks in the name of “mutual respect”. In any case, there will be no step backwards on the part of Beijing on matters considered “fundamental in principle”. In fact, the spokesman explained that the best reaction to “US bullying is to have stronger Chinese companies” and that the nation will act “to protect their interests” by having confidence and ability to do so.