Some of the world’s largest technology companies have told their employees to stop talking about technology and technical standards with their partners at Huawei Technologies Co Ltd – amid the US-listed Chinese company. National to a blacklist, according to people familiar with this issue.
According to Reuters, chip makers Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc, mobile research firm InterDigital Wireless Inc and South Korea’s LG Uplus operator have limited staff to have informal conversations with Huawei.
Such discussions are a routine part of international scale meetings where engineers? gathered to establish technical standards for communications technologies, including the next generation mobile network called 5G.
On May 16, the US Department of Commerce put Huawei on a blacklist, not allowing them to do business with US companies without government approval.
The agency does not prohibit companies from contacting Huawei, however, some large US and foreign technology companies still suggest their employees restrict certain forms of direct interaction with Huawei.
Intel and Qualcomm said they provided compliance guidelines to employees, but declined to comment. An InterDigital spokesman said it had provided instructions to engineers to ensure the company complied with US regulations.
An official of LG Uplus said the company “is voluntarily refraining from interacting with Huawei employees, in addition to exchanging network equipment installation or maintenance issues”.