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No course of action yet vs. Huawei in Philippines

PRESIDENT DUTERTE will wait for recommendations from National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. and the Defense department on matters concerning Google’s decision to bar Chinese smartphone company Huawei from some security updates to the Android operating system.
“I suppose the Department of National Defense as well as the National Security Adviser are studying that matter and the President will be waiting for whatever recommendation they have on that,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
These restrictions came after U.S. President Donald Trump placed the Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. on a trade blacklist which prevents access to future versions of the Android operating system after trade talks with China failed.
Despite this development, the Philippines’ major telecommunications companies assured that customers will not yet be affected by the U.S. restriction. In a statement, the Philippine Long-Distance Telephone Inc. and Smart Communications vowed to work closely with Huawei to address concerns regarding firmware and software updates for their devices.
Globe Telecom Inc., on the hand, has assured Huawei that it will continue to provide their devices with security updates and after-sales services.
Google is one of the first American companies to comply with Trump’s order. Huawei will be barred from purchasing U.S. licensing part and technology without special permission. The U.S. Commerce Department granted Huawei a 90-day relief for transactions necessary to maintain existing networks and minimize disruptions to its customers. (Azer Parrocha)

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