Panasonic joins firms stepping away from Huawei after US ban

JAPAN’S Panasonic on Thursday said it was halting business with Huawei, joining a growing list of firms distancing themselves from the Chinese telecoms giant after a US ban over security concerns. The announcement came a day after four major Japanese and British mobile carriers said they would delay releasing new 5G Huawei handsets. “We’ve stopped all business transactions with Huawei and its 68 group companies… that are subject to the US government ban,” Panasonic spokesman Joe Flynn told AFP. “Yesterday an internal instruction to fully enforce that rule was issued,” he added. Flynn said Panasonic’s business with Huawei involves the supply of “electronic parts,” but declined to provide further details. Washington’s restrictions affect products made in the United States, where Panasonic manufactures some of the components it supplies to Huawei, the Japanese firm said. SEE ALSO: US fires arrow into Huawei’s Achilles heel The decision raises the pressure on Huawei after US President Donald Trump last week declared a national emergency to bar US companies from using foreign telecoms equipment deemed a security risk. The move appeared aimed at Huawei, though the White House said no particular company or country was targeted. The decision has prompted a parade of firms to step back from dealings with Huawei, including US internet giant Google, whose Android operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones. And on Wednesday mobile carriers in Japan and Britain said they were delaying releases of Huawei handsets. Temporary suspensions Telecoms giant EE, owned by BT, was due to bring Huawei’s first 5G phone, the Huawei Mate 20X, to Britain, but the Chinese giant’s involvement in the country’s telecoms sector has become politically controversial. EE chief executive Marc Allera said the company had “paused” the launch of Huawei’s 5G phones “until we get the information and confidence and the long-term... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Panasonic joins firms stepping away from Huawei after US ban, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Panasonic joins firms stepping away from Huawei after US ban





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Wednesday, 22 May



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