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Huawei’s smartphone supply chain reveals reliance on US technology

Huawei has been given another 90-day reprieve that allows the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant to purchase components from US companies to supply existing customers, the US Department of Commerce announced.

The extension of the reprieve “is intended to afford consumers across America the necessary time to transition away from Huawei equipment, given the persistent national security and foreign policy threat,” said the department in a statement.

While renewed access to US suppliers has given Huawei more breathing room, a closer look at Huawei’s smartphone supply reveals glaring vulnerabilities. Despite its efforts to find alternative sources or build in-house replacements, the hardware giant still relies heavily on American sourcing.

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