The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday released a new rule for U.S. companies to develop standards for 5G and other cutting-edge technologies that allow them to work with Huawei Huawei, despite restrictions on doing business with the telecommunications equipment manufacturer.
Reuters reported on Monday that it had approved the rule and sent it to the Federal Register, the official publication of U.S. rules. It is scheduled for public inspection on the Federal Register’s website, which was published on Tuesday, and is formally published on Thursday.
The rule changes Huawei’s “list of entities”. This limits sales of U.S. products and technology to the company. The United States put Huawei on the list in May 2019, citing national security concerns.
The amendment allows Huawei and its affiliates to release certain technologies if it “helps” them to review or develop the “organization of standards”.
Industry and government officials have said the list of entities is in the backdrop to the implementation of the rules. U.S. companies don’t know what technology they could share, some U.S. engineers didn’t commit and Huawei got a stronger voice, they said.
Huawei and 114 of its foreign affiliates on its list of Organizations continue to participate in many major international standards organizations in which U.S. companies also participate, according to the new rules.
Because international standards are the primary foundation for product development and help ensure product functionality, interoperability, and security, ”he noted,“ it is important for U.S. technology leadership that U.S. companies work in these organizations. Proposals for U.S. regulations have been fully considered. “
Naomi Wilson of the Information Technology Industry Council, who represents technology companies, said the rule is a “long-awaited step” in arguing that U.S. companies can participate in international standards bodies, as well as some listed entities. “
Boston attorney Andy Updegrove, a representative of more than 150 standard organizations, said he found a catch: not all rule consortia can meet the requirements set out in the rule.
To do that, he said, some may change the way they work, but others may not. “Overall, it’s a big improvement, but it won’t help U.S. companies in all cases,” Updegrove said.
Huawei said it intends to continue discussions on the standards with parties, including the United States, and that they will “improve inclusiveness and productive dialogue” by encouraging its formulation and development.