Sanctions are a Huawei hang-up for 4m
UP TO four million British consumers could be stuck with increasingly useless Huawei mobiles after the Chinese firm was blocked from receiving future software updates due to US sanctions.
The crisis-hit company’s phones are in danger of rapidly becoming obsolete following the expiry of a temporary licence allowing it to use apps and Android updates from Google
Huawei is at risk of being unable to renew the licence after being blacklisted by the Trump administration in May last year, with US companies barred from selling technology to it without explicit government approval.
The US claims that Huawei equipment can be used by the Chinese government for espionage – something that Huawei has repeatedly denied. Older Huawei phones, developed before May 2019, are still expected to have the support of critical security features. These include Huawei’s P30 and Nova ranges. Phones developed after May 2019, such as the business’s P40 range, were completely blocked from using Google’s apps when Huawei was placed on a US blacklist.
Huawei has around a 10pc market share of UK smartphone sales. The Office for National Statistics estimated around 79pc of UK adults own a smartphone, or 41m people, making it likely that as many as 4m Britons own a Huawei device. Last year, Huawei sold a total of 240m phones worldwide.