While Huawei’s revenue rose 19.1 percent last year to about $121 billion, the company said the figure would be much higher if the U.S. did not hit it,media reported. Since the U.S. began issuing a trade ban last May, Huawei has been unable to purchase parts and software in the country or sell its products there.
This has deprived the company of an important market and has undermined its competitiveness outside China.
“Consumer business has been our main growth business,” Vincent Pang, president of Huawei’s Western Europe business, said in a conference call with reporters about the company’s 2019 financial results. He called 2019 a huge challenge for the company.
Although Huawei has never had a large number of consumers in the U.S., the trade ban has hurt its competitiveness in overseas markets. It can’t buy new laptop processors from Intel, while its new flagships, the P40 and Mate 30 Pro, can’t offer Google apps or apps from Google Play, much to the dismay of many consumers. “This has created considerable difficulties for us in increasing smartphone sales,” Peng said.
Although the trade ban has not yet fully taken effect, it could remain an obstacle for Huawei for the foreseeable future. Andy Purdy, Huawei’s chief security officer, said the U.S. government was reluctant to discuss lifting the trade ban with them, “and we hope to be involved in these conversations one day.” “
In addition, Huawei said growth in businesses such as Intel-based servers and big data analytics, which rely on those servers, has also been affected by the ban.