Huawei's been a fixture in the news cycle for a while now. Here's why. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via G
Huawei is one of the biggest mysteries in the wireless industry right now.
It’s the world’s No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 smartphone maker. Yet it’s a pariah in several countries, including the US, to the point that the FBI reportedly set up a sting at CES 2019.
The Chinese telecom giant may have run into its biggest trouble yet in late January when the US Justice Departmentpertaining to the theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran.
But the core issue with Huawei has been concerns over its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It’s the reason why the .
Over the last few months,, with a number of countries banning the use of its networking equipment. That’s why its despite its massive presence around the world.
Huawei, for its part, has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence through the recent charges.
It can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so let’s put what’s happened over the past year in a handy timeline.
Jan. 9, 2018: At the Consumer Electronics Show, Huawei CEO Richard Yu.
Feb. 13, 2018: FBI Director Chris Wray ZTE phones.buying Huawei and
March 22, 2018: Huaweias retail partner.
May 2, 2018: The Pentagonof Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases.
June 6, 2018: A report reveals that Facebook gave Huawei
June 7, 2018: Congressover its ties with Huawei.
July 11, 2018: Australia says it’llamid security concerns.
July 19, 2018: Huaweimark for the year to date.
Sept. 5, 2018: In a Senate hearing on Facebook and Twitter, Huawei and ZTE get called out.
Sept. 7, 2018: Huawei gets caught cheating on a phone benchmark test.
Oct. 18, 2018: Huawei tussles with US startup CNEX Labs over theft of technology.
Dec. 5, 2018: Britain’s BT says it’ll strip Huawei equipment from 4G network by 2021 and won’t use it in 5G core.
Dec. 6, 2018: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is arrested in Canada at the request of the US.
Dec. 7, 2018: Reuters reports that Japan will stop buying Huawei, ZTE equipment.
Dec. 12, 2018: A Canadian court grants Huawei’s CFO $10 million bail.
Dec. 24, 2018: Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments.
Jan. 3, 2019: A report suggests that President Trump may use an executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE purchases.
Jan. 4, 2019: Senators introduce a bipartisan bill to address concerns about Chinese tech companies.
Jan. 8, 2019: Huawei fights to stay in the US with laptops and tablets at CES.
Jan. 11, 2019: In Poland, a Huawei employeeover alleged spying.
Jan. 14, 2019: Huawei sacks that arrested employee.
Jan. 18, 2019: China says a Canadian ban on Huawei’s 5G tech will trigger “repercussions.”
Jan. 23, 2019: Huawei’s CFO may face formal extradition to the US, says report.
Jan. 24, 2019: Huawei reportedly says it’ll take smartphone crown from Samsung by 2020.
Jan. 25, 2019: Colleges reportedly reveal a foldable phone with 5G in February.to appease the Trump administration. Also, Huawei says it’ll
Jan. 30, 2019: Qualcomm reaches an interim licensing agreement with Huawei.
Feb. 6, 2019: US State Departmentfrom using Huawei equipment in their 5G rollouts.
Feb. 17, 2019: UK reportedly concludes using Huawei in 5G is.
Feb. 19, 2019: Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei“there’s no way the US can crush us.”
Feb. 20-21, 2019: Ren “military” tech., the company’s CFO, was “politically motivated and that the US treats 5G like
Feb. 21, 2019: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says countries using Huawei tech pose a risk to the US.
Feb. 22, 2019: Italian politicians reportedly push for Huawei 5G ban.