The United States gave China’s tech giant Huawei a 90-day reprieve Monday on a ban against buying us technology, but added nearly four dozen subsidiaries of the Chinese telecoms giant to the prohibition.
“As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei’s products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
The ban is part of a sweeping effort by President Donald Trump’s administration to restrict Huawei, which officials claim has links to Chinese intelligence that makes it a security threat.
The commerce department however, has extended a temporary license for US companies to work with the Chinese firm and its subsidiaries for another 90 days.
Huawei is the number two global smartphone vendor and is considered the world leader in fast fifth-generation or 5G equipment, but is hampered by lack of access to key hardware and software, including smartphone chips.