Huawei remains a blacklisted company by the US government, but that apparently hasn't stopped it attempting to circumvent sanctions to get its hands on more advanced chips.
As Bloomberg reports(Opens in a new window), Huawei is thought to be "providing support" for a local startup called Pengxinwei IC Manufacturing Co. (PXW) which was founded in 2021. Why is that raising eyebrows? Because PXW is run by a former Huawei executive, is located close to Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, and is ordering chipmaking equipment in order to build a semiconductor fab. Those orders include foreign suppliers, which Huawei no longer has access to.
It's currently unclear if PXW's plans violate US trade sanctions with China, but the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has the startup on its radar. The relationship with Huawei hasn't gone unnoticed, with BIS explaining:
"BIS is constantly on the lookout for efforts to evade export controls, including those related to parties on the Entity List like Huawei, and uses open-source, proprietary and classified information to substantiate and then, when appropriate, apply our administrative or criminal law enforcement as well as regulatory tools to address violations."
If PXW is allowed to import foreign equipment to manufacturer semiconductors, the company expects to start producing 28nm chips in 2025 (14nm and 7nm chips are also planned after that). It's unclear if Huawei will be a customer for those chips, but the strong link between the two companies at this early stage suggests Huawei would likely benefit from PXW's success, especially when it comes to producing networking hardware.
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Huawei reportedly plans to relaunch 5G phones as early as next year in an effort to regain market share that was lost in the fallout from US sanctions.
A Financial Times report published Thursday says Huawei may try to circumvent US sanctions by redesigning its smartphone to accommodate "less advanced" chipsets made by Chinese companies that will enable 5G. However, this approach risks impacting user experience, the report says. Prior to Washington tightening sanctions, a Huawei subsidiary designed the chipsets before it was manufactured by leading chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor.
The report went on to say that Huawei was also considering phone cases with built-in modules that enable 5G connectivity. Such cases are already on the market.
Huawei pointed to the restrictions on what it can offer and how that affects its operations.
"Huawei strictly follows the law in all countries where we operate. As a result of sanctions, we can only offer consumers 4G smartphones," a Huawei spokesperson told CNET in an email on Friday. "Despite this, we will continue to innovate and keep bringing a better user experience to consumers."
Earlier this year, Huawei launched a nearly $2,000 foldable phone, called the, but it's only compatible with 4G networks in this era of 5G, the next-generation wireless technology.
Analysts say that even if Huawei manages to launch new 5G phones, it'll face an uphill battle in reclaiming international market share without Google. US sanctions have also restricted Huawei's access to Google, which means its phones do not run popular apps such as the Google Play Store or Gmail.
In 2021, Huawei's revenues for its smartphone-led consumer business plunged by 50% compared to the year before.
The US has long alleged that Huawei maintains a tight relationship with the Chinese government, creating fear that equipment from these manufacturers could be used to spy on other countries and companies. Huawei has repeatedly denied that its products pose a security threat.
In 2020, the Trump administration leveled tougher sanctions on Huawei, which restricted any foreign semiconductor company from selling chips developed using US technology to the Chinese firm, without first obtaining a license to do so.
An image of a woman holding a cell phone in front of a Huawei logo displayed on a computer screen. Canada on Thursday said it plans to ban the use of China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE 5G gearto protect national security, joining the rest of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network.
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LONDON — The U.K. government extended a deadline for telecom companies to remove equipment from Chinese tech giant Huawei from their 5G mobile networks.
Telcos will now have until December 2023 to remove Huawei equipment, such as that used at phone mast sites and telephone exchanges, from their network "cores" — where some of the most sensitive data is processed. The government had originally ordered them to do so by January.
Meanwhile, a requirement for firms to reduce the level of Huawei equipment in their non-core networks to 35% has been delayed to October 31 2023 — later than an initial July ultimatum.
They will still need to ban new Huawei 5G installments and completely eliminate it from their networks by the end of 2027. The order was enshrined in law last year with a piece of legislation called the Telecoms Security Act.
Prime Minister Liz Truss's government has sent legal notices to 35 U.K. telecoms network operators to officially enforce the move.
Britain had initially said it would allow Huawei in its rollout of 5G networks. But in 2020, the government opted to ban Huawei over data security concerns. The Shenzhen-based firm was classed as a "high risk" vendor, meaning it posed possible risks to national security.
Officials on either side of the Atlantic are thinking Huawei's technology could allow China to spy on sensitive communications and other data. Huawei has long denied the claims and said moves to block it are "politically motivated."
That decision was a result of the National Cyber Security Centre's emergency review of Huawei shortly after the U.S. imposed sanctions on the Chinese giant cutting it off from key semiconductor supplies. The move also came amid an intense trade battle between China and the U.S. — a close ally to the U.K.
Previously, telecoms groups like BT and Vodafone had been told to remove Huawei 5G equipment from their "core" by January 2023. However, some companies took issue with the measures, concerned this didn't give them enough time to strip out the equipment from their infrastructure, a costly exercise.
In June, BT requested an extension beyond the government's January 2023 for removal of Huawei from core 5G infrastructure, saying it might not meet the deadline due to delays caused by Covid-19 lockdowns. BT CEO Philip Jansen had even warned the ban may result network outages for customers if implemented too hastily.
Vodafone has already removed Huawei from its core.
In a press release Thursday, the government said it extended the January 2023 deadline to "balance the need to remove Huawei as swiftly as possible while avoiding unnecessary instability in networks."
A BT spokesperson wasn't immediately available when contacted for comment by CNBC.
U.K. Digital Minister Michelle Donelan said: "We must have confidence in the security of our phone and internet networks which underpin so much about our economy and everyday lives."
She added: "Thanks to this government's tough new laws we can drive up the security of telecoms infrastructure and control the use of high-risk equipment. Today I'm using these powers and making it a legal requirement for Huawei to be removed from 5G networks by 2027."
Ian Levy, technical director of the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre, said: "Society increasingly relies on telecoms and the NCSC, government and industry partners work closely to help ensure that these networks are secure and resilient in the long term."
"The Telecoms Security Act ensures we can be confident in the resilience of the everyday services on which we rely, and the legal requirements in this Designated Vendor Direction are a key part of the security journey," he added.
Global tech powerhouse Huawei Technologies is concentrating on digital infrastructure, sustainable development and a strong ecosystem as part of its strategies to deepen cooperation with Asia-Pacific nations, including Thailand, in boosting its digital power.
According to ICT market research firm McKinsey, the pandemic accelerated the digital economy by seven years globally and by 10 years in Asia-Pacific.
"We want to be a key contributor to the digital economy in Asia-Pacific," Simon Lin, president of Huawei Asia-Pacific, told the Bangkok Post in an exclusive interview. "We need to build digital intelligence and green Asia-Pacific together."
He said Huawei invested heavily in R&D and innovation solutions for the ICT industry over the past two years. In 2021 the company allotted 22.4% of its revenue to R&D.
To deepen its cooperation with countries in the region, the company highlighted three core aspects.
The first lies in digital infrastructure, including communication equipment, data centres and cloud platforms.
"We need to digitalise traditional industries and create value for customers," Mr Lin said.
"Industries need digital infrastructure that offers a more intelligent network to provide more digital services to society, not only being connected, but also improving quality of life."
He said the company also provides automated artificial intelligence functions for network operation to make the network more effective at supporting new digital services and business models.
"This is our vision -- to use technology to change the world," Mr Lin said.
The second strategy involves sustainable development, which is widely supported by countries many around the world.
Huawei Digital Power integrates digital and power electronics technologies and enables energy digitalisation for a greener future. One example is working with partners to instal smart photovoltaic rooftops on 1,200 stores in Thailand, he said.
The third strategy involves building an open and healthy ecosystem by using innovative platforms to support industry digitalisation.
In Thailand, Huawei and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency have jointly developed the Thailand 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre as an incubation and digital innovation development accelerator.
The country also has the 5G Alliance to serve 5G ecosystem development.
"We need to create value for our customers," Mr Lin said.
"When the Asia-Pacific market is booming, we will see a very fruitful result."
DIGITAL ECONOMY DRIVE
He praised Thailand for its plan to make the digital economy constitute 30% of the country's GDP by 2027, saying this could turn the nation into the Asean leader for digital economy development.
"Huawei aims to be a major contributor to the Thai digital economy by working together with carriers to provide digital infrastructure," said Mr Lin.
He said the 5G network covers 78% of the Thai population, and this can be raised to 98% in five years.
Huawei can support carriers developing the fibre-optical network in Thailand to Improve home internet connection coverage, said Mr Lin.
The company can also provide network security technology through data centres, cloud services and WiFi 6.
He said Huawei can provide a platform for global independent software vendors and app developers, enabling them to enter the Thai market.
Participants take part in Huawei's Digital Bus project aimed at enhancing the digital skills of workers.
According to Mr Lin, there are 700 million users of 5G services and 2 million 5G cell sites globally.
When user penetration reaches 16%, it will drive positive business results for carriers. If 5G traffic reaches 20% of total network traffic, telecom carriers would reach a break-even point for 5G business, he said.
In Thailand, with continued support of 5G policies, investment and the ecosystem, Huawei expects 5G traffic to reach 20% of total network traffic by the end of this year, with 5G user penetration of 20%.
By the end of 2025, the 5G network is expected to cover 92% of the Thai population, with 5G user penetration and 5G traffic forecast to exceed 50%.
"We will see more exciting innovation from mobile operators with augmented reality and virtual reality features, cloud gaming and rich content, which are driving customers to migrate to 5G," said Mr Lin.
He said all of Asia-Pacific, including Thailand, is concentrating on building digital skills for people.
Last year Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding with the Asean Foundation to train 500,000 digital workers over five years with an investment fund of US$50 million.
"Towards this goal, we need long-term and systematic efforts. Our talent initiatives focus on three main areas, covering leadership, skills and knowledge," said Mr Lin.
"Through Asean Academies in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, we have trained over 17,000 local officials. For the upskilling and reskilling of ICT practitioners, we have trained almost 120,000 people."
For young talent, the company has several programmes to promote knowledge transfer, including the Seeds for the Future project, which this year saw 120 students from 16 Asia-Pacific countries gather in Thailand to learn ICT technologies.
"We believe the foundation of all talent initiatives is value creation for society," he said. "In the fourth quarter, Huawei's Digital Bus training programme will go to six more provinces in Thailand to train 1,000 rural doctors and volunteers."
The government has extended two deadlines for the removal of Huawei equipment from the UK's 5G networks.
The requirement to remove the Chinese company's products from the network core has been pushed back 11 months, to 31 December 2023.
And a limit on the amount of Huawei kit in fibre-broadband infrastructure must now be achieved by the end of October, rather than July, next year.
It follows advice from the National Cyber Security Centre.
The NCSC decided the security of Huawei's products could no longer be managed, in 2020, following a US decision to place the company under sanctions, and the UK government said all its equipment had to be stripped out of the UK by the end of 2027.
This and eight other interim deadlines remain unchanged.
The US authorities fear Huawei's 5G equipment makes countries vulnerable to their data being accessed by the Chinese state or having critically important services switched off.
Huawei has denied being controlled by the Chinese government or posing a security threat.
The new deadline extensions follow consultations with Huawei and UK telecoms providers.
The government said a small number of operators had indicated - because of the pandemic and global supply-chain issues - the original deadlines risked network outages and disruption for customers.
Providers should meet the original targets wherever possible, it said, and it expected most of them would do so.
The direction to remove Huawei equipment is also being put on a legal footing through the handing of notices called designated-vendor directions to all 35 UK telecoms network operators, under the Telecoms Security Act, which came into force in November 2021.
Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said it allowed the government to "drive up the security of telecoms infrastructure and control the use of high-risk equipment".
"We must have confidence in the security of our phone and internet networks, which underpin so much about our economy and everyday lives," she added.
NCSC technical director Dr Ian Levy said: "The Telecoms Security Act ensures we can be confident in the resilience of the everyday services on which we rely and the legal requirements in this designated-vendor direction are a key part of the security journey."
Huawei has been issued a separate document - a designation notice - which categorises the company as a high-risk vendor of 5G network equipment and services and sets out all of the reasons the government considers it a national security risk, including the impact of the US sanctions.
Huawei smartwatches offer incredible battery life and a plethora of workouts and features but the lack of third-party support has been a deal-breaker for some users. Hopefully, today sees the start of a new dawn for Huawei and their exciting news of support for the popular Strava app.
Today, Huawei announced that it is enabling data integration between Huawei Health and Strava. As a result, anyone using a Huawei wearable device may now export their data to a Strava account and benefit from the many activity tracking and social features of the programme.
A user's Strava account can now be seamlessly updated with accurate personal multi-sport performance statistics collected by Huawei Health as well as comprehensive route activity. This also means that Strava users may now benefit from several of the Huawei wearable devices' common features, such as their long battery life and accurate performance tracking data.
The functionality is available across Europe, including Ireland, and is compatible with all Huawei wearables, including the latest flagships the Huawei Watch GT3 Pro, Huawei GT Runner and the upcoming Huawei Watch D.
Adam Liu, Country Director at Huawei Ireland said: ‘’Huawei Health continues to be our chosen platform for our wearable users to comprehensively track their health and fitness activity. However, we recognise the popularity of Strava, in particular, its community and sharing capabilities. We are excited to offer our customers choice and flexibility and to introduce Strava users to the many benefits of Huawei’s wearable technology. We’re delighted to be taking another positive step forward, building a strong health and fitness community worldwide.’’
1. Log into the Huawei Health app
2. Click on “Me”
3. Scroll down and select “Privacy Management”
4. Select “Data sharing and authorisation”
5. Click on “Strava”
6. Press “Connect with Strava”
7. You’ll then be directed to the Strava website where you’ll need to enter your Strava account details and login into your account
8. Allow the Huawei Health app to connect to your Strava account by clicking “Authorise”
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* A beautiful trendy flagship smartphone with the ultimate front camera and fastest charging
Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) recently announced the launch of the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro, a beautiful trendy flagship smartphone with the ultimate front camera and fastest charging that meet the contemporary, ever-evolving trends among future-minded youth of today. The 10th generation of nova inherits the design of the HUAWEI nova Series, bringing together innovative design and cutting-edge craftsmanship. It takes on the dazzling and chic Star Orbit Ring classic design. More especially, the smartphone has evolved its front camera capabilities with new added features, allowing nova users to express themselves more confidently while staying in trend.
The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro will be available in an exciting Colour No. 10 as well as in a premium and subtle Starry Black colourways in Qatar on October 20 with pre-orders starting on October 13 at a price of 2399 QR from Huawei’s online platforms as well as Huawei’s experience store at Palace Vendome and Doha Festival City.
The nova moniker is derived from the Latin word "novas", signifying that every rising star is born to shine, akin to the passion of youth when chasing their dreams of a better future. Created on the foundation of innovative technology, every generation of the HUAWEI nova series strives to represents the ideology of an innovative piece of technology that has an on-trend design, powerful cameras, excellent performance and offers smart interaction experiences. With that ideology in mind comes the launch of the new HUAWEI nova 10 Series, taking the series into its 10th generation. As of July 2022, the nova Series has accumulated a total of more than 200 million users worldwide.
Dazzles from Every Angle: chic and lightweight design
The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro comes in an attractive Colour No. 10 in addition to Starry Black colourways. Both of these two colours represents a distinct aesthetic style, and they both adhere to a trendy, youthful design philosophy. Colour No. 10. depicts exquisite and elegant aesthetics. Combining the chic metallic silver colour with the golden Star Orbit Ring and Icon, the 3D curved display of the phone is complemented, sparkling with layer upon layer to showcase fascinating colour changes under different light and shadow.
The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro innovatively adapts a double colour coating process to enhance the design language of the Star Orbit Ring, creating a sense of harmony and symmetry. The Star Orbit Ring fuses technology and fashion. Lastly, the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro features a brand-new COP encapsulation technology, allowing the display’s bottom bezel to measure just 2.56mm each allowing for a more immersive visual experience for users.
Celebrate the beauty in detail with dynamic portrait photography
With the HUAWEI Multi-Vision Photography, the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro sports high-quality dual front camera lenses. One lens features the industry’s first front-facing 60MP Ultra-Wide Autofocus Camera, supporting 100-degree wide angle and 4K video quality, which offers excellent resolution and light sensitivity. Additionally, the front-facing 8MP Portrait Close-up Camera, another industry’s first, supports 2X optical zoom and up to 5X digital zoom, which allows users to shoot 0.7X~5X zoom videos. Users can freely adjust the zoom range with the nearest effective focal length of 14cm to better present the scene and to Improve the vlog-shooting experience, thus expanding the limits of human perception and bringing you the ultimate close-up portrait experience.
The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro also sports the industry’s first front camera built with Instant AF with Quad Phased Detection (QPD), where every single pixel is dedicated to photography and focus. Compared to a common autofocus lens, it promises a 30 percent increase in focus speed, which also greatly improves the resolution of wide-angle images by 119 percent. Coupled with the Portrait Close-up Camera and using autofocus on the main subject, close-up portraits now achieve a 150 percent increase in resolution. HUAWEI nova 10 Pro supports a Dual-View video function, which can utilise multiple cameras of the smartphone to shoot simultaneously, offering a multi-camera shooting experience with the combination of dual front cameras, front and rear camera, as well as picture in picture shooting. Thanks to the powerful dual autofocus capability of the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro, users can keep their appearances in the frame while showcasing their facial details and accessories.
The AI Texture Skin Algorithm together with XD Fusion frame composition also improves mobile photography for every scenario: front-lighting, backlighting and multi-exposure high dynamic range (HDR) shots to achieve delicate Front SLR-Level Bokeh effects, helping users to capture clear and high-quality close-up portraits at a click of the shutter. Thanks to the 0.7X~5X Free Zoom, the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro captures 54mm portrait focal length, 27mm wide-angle focal length and 19mm ultra-wide-angle focal length, bringing consistent and excellent image quality from any distance to perfectly meet the users’ needs for all-scenario portrait selfies in different focal lengths with a smartphone.
Level up with fast charging, heat dissipation, gaming, and faster downloading
The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro supports the 100W HUAWEI SuperCharge that is firstly equipped with the new Turbo Mode, breaking the power consumption limits for instant charging. It only takes 10 minutes to charge the phone from 20 to 60 percent, while fully charging the phone in just 20 minutes – the same duration it takes to load up a new game. The battery capacity largely determines the battery life of the phone. Packing in a larger battery capacity in a slim body, the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro is equipped with a more power-efficient 4500mAh large battery capacity. The phone provides a long-lasting battery life even with heavy use, assuring users a worry-free experience.
The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro features Ultra-Generation VC Liquid Cooling, which brings heat dissipation with better speed and uniformity.
In terms of gaming experience, the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro features the new Touch Turbo 2.0. Users can simply shake the phone to trigger any corresponding key operation, which effectively improves the user experience of mobile games. The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro is also equipped with Stereo Dual Speakers. Built with the Histen ultra-wide sound field, users can also enjoy an immersive audio and video experience, whether it is listening to music, watching movies or playing games.
Ultra Vision Photography
The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro rear camera is also equipped with a 50MP RYYB Ultra Vision Camera setup, which consists of a 50MP Ultra Vision photography main camera, an 8MP Ultra-Wide Macro Camera, and a Portrait Depth Camera. The rear camera of the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro also supports Instant AF with QPD. When taking photos of people, users can select the Follow Focus feature in the ‘Vlog’ Category under ‘Effects’. When a single person is shown on the frame, the camera focus frame will automatically lock in the subject. With multiple parties in the frame, users can click on the main subject and, when the camera focus frame turns yellow, the subject is locked into view. There is also a Portrait Video function, which makes portrait Bokeh look more natural. Both the front and rear cameras of the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro support Motion Blur function. With this feature, users can now take photographs with blurred backgrounds. The smartphone also comes with an AI Snapshot feature that can process elements, such as people, sky, buildings, and plants, to enhance the overall look and feel of photos, eThe Super Night Shot feature is also supported on the HUAWEI nova 10, bringing excellent details beyond the perception of human eyes in dark scenes, as well as leveraging its powerful light sensing capabilities and pixel-grade reconstruction technology, to increase the brightness of dark areas. The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro also is equipped with Huawei’s flagship-grade RYYB colour filter array, which replaces the green pixels in the sensor with yellow pixels, increasing light intake by 40%. Camera light sensitivity supports up to ISO 400000,
120Hz Original-Colour Curved Display
Be it playing games, watching videos or browsing photos, the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro focuses on vivid screen displays and detail enhancement, allowing users to immerse themselves in a visual feast. The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro supports 1.07 billion colours, a high refresh rate of up to 120Hz, and 300Hz touch sampling rate which offer users a smoother user experience, whether it is daily operations, web browsing or other smartphone interactions.. Through the Display Turbo image quality enhancement technology, the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro can intelligently analyse portraits based on AI deep learnings, and also supports real-time calculation to optimise face definition in short videos by up to 50%. The HUAWEI nova 10 Pro also supports the P3 colour gamut for a larger colour gamut coverage; the display also supports 1.07 billion colours, bringing delicate colours to life on screen with smooth transitions.
Visionary and Inspirational User Experience
Thanks to the Super Device features, Huawei has consolidated different menus into the Control Panel with a simple swipe users can explore the Control Panel and get quick access to audio playback, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings, as well as making it easier to control multiple devices as if they were controlling just one device.
For example, users can tap on the HUAWEI MatePad icon to activate Smartphone-Tablet Multi-screen Collaboration; tap the HUAWEI MateBook icon for Smartphone-PC Multi-screen Collaboration or tap the HUAWEI FreeBuds icon to seamlessly switch their audio output to their Huawei earbuds.
With the Distributed File System, the HUAWEI nova 10 Pro can also function as a wirelessly connected external storage unit for the PC, meaning users can access the files they want more easily than ever before. Users may also conveniently share their screen during a video and even mark key places, to bring important insights directly into view.