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US allows Huawei to contribute to developing 5G standards

US firms will be allowed to work with Huawei in developing 5G standards, the US Commerce Department ruled on Monday (06.15.20).

The move comes over a year since the Chinese telecommunications company was blacklisted by the US government from using their products, with US-based firms unable to sell technology and parts to the Chinese company.

However, the same doesn't apply when it comes to setting standards for tech.

As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in statement: "The United States will not cede leadership in global innovation.

"The department is committed to protecting U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by encouraging U.S. industry to fully engage and advocate for U.S. technologies to become international standards.

"This action is meant to ensure Huawei's placement on the Entity List in May 2019 does not prevent American companies from contributing to important standards-developing activities."

Several governments have cut ties with Huawei, with some not using or limiting their involvement in their development of 5G.

It comes as Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to provide "the best equipment" to the UK's 5G mobile and full-fibre broadband providers.

According to Victor Zhang, the vice president of Huawei and head of its UK operations, recently explained that their new campaign to mark 20 years of business in the country is designed to give people facts about the company amid a security review into its business.

The ongoing investigation could lead the UK government to ban use of Huawei's 5G network kit.

But Zhang hopes the UK would take an "evidence and fact-based approach" to its review, amid various political pressures on the outcome.

He said: "We need to work closely to address the issue, but we need to take action to accelerate the broadband deployment.

"We don't have time to delay this."

Earlier this year, the US placed significant sanctions on the firm, limiting its access to American computer chip technology.

Zhang added: "We think this decision will heavily impact on the global supply chain of the semiconductor industry.

"We need to work out a solution."

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