Huawei is having difficulty finding the parts needed to make smartphones as a result of US sanctions. But now these problems seem to have eased somewhat, as Qualcomm has received a US government license to sell 4G mobile chip Huawei.
“We have received licenses for a variety of products, including some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokesman told Reuters.
The spokesman did not specify which products Qualcomm was allowed to sell but said they would be for mobile devices.
“Other Qualcomm license applications are still with the authorities and we are awaiting their approval,” he said.
In August this year, the US Department of Commerce tightened restrictions on access to Huawei’s chips made with US software and equipment, citing national security and foreign policy concerns.
At the time, the US Department of State said it was not extending the temporary license for Huawei, which would help the Chinese company acquire various devices.
The temporary license had been issued since the company was blacklisted in May last year. Earlier this month, Huawei said it was facing a shortage of processor chips as a result of US sanctions.
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business, said the restrictions could mark the last year of Huawei’s Karen processor.
Despite US sanctions, Huawei snatched the title of world’s number one smartphone company from Samsung for the first time in the second quarter of this year.
But the title was reclaimed by Samsung in the third quarter.
A technology industry analyst told the news agency that the license issued to Qualcomm would not alleviate Huawei’s problems as it is limited to 4G chips, while consumers are now opting for new 5G phones.
According to the news agency, it is not yet clear whether Qualcomm has been allowed to sell 5G chips to Huawei.
Huawei is receiving relief after a report earlier this month said the Chinese company was preparing to install its own chipset plant so that it would not have to rely on other companies.
According to the Financial Times, Huawei’s research and development department will operate the plant and it has the support of the Chinese government.