Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at banning Chinese telecoms like Huawei from selling equipment to the US over an unacceptable risk to national security.
South Korea's Foreign Ministry and presidential office did not confirm Friday a report by the Chosun Ilbo newspaper that USA officials want Seoul to block a local wireless carrier that uses Huawei equipment for its 5G services from unspecified "sensitive areas". Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Inc. told their employees they won't provide products to Huawei until further notice. Huawei represented 18 per cent of the company's total revenue in the latest quarter.
Google has resumed work with Huawei since a temporary trade license has been granted by the U.S. This move, according to Reuters, is primarily created to allow time for USA telecom operators - relying on Huawei - to look for alternatives. The two areas of business between Huawei and Microsoft - Windows operating systems for laptops and other content-related services - have been suspended.
Pompeo said he believed more American companies would cut ties with the tech giant, while the United States has been rallying its allies to persuade them not to use Huawei for their 5G networks.
The report also showed orders were not as strong as previously thought in March and shipments were weak over the last two months, further evidence that manufacturing and the broader US economy were slowing after a growth spurt in the first quarter driven by exports and a buildup of inventories.
No major carriers sell its handsets in the US, and Huawei's broader business of telecom networking equipment has been effectively blocked from competing in the USA beyond rural markets since a 2012 Congressional report branded it a security threat.
"In this way, it is hoping to achieve the colonization of the global business world", the newspaper said.
US stock index futures edged higher on Friday, attempting to bounce back from the previous session's steep sell-off, on cautious optimism after President Donald Trump predicted a swift end to the ongoing tariff war with China.
Another telecommunications company, NTT, said it would stop taking orders for the new Huawei handsets, despite previous pledges to launch a new high-end Huawei model in the summer. The company's popular Mate 20 Pro smartphone also includes Skyworks modules and a wireless power receiver from IDT, according to iFixit, which is also headquartered in California. Earlier this month, President Trump placed another round of tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods.