Sina Science and Technology News, May 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department is about to sign a new rule allowing U.S. companies to work with Huawei to develop next-generation 5G network standards, reuters reported today. Last year, Huawei suffered unfair treatment in the U.S., leading engineers at some U.S. technology companies to stop working with Huawei to develop 5G standards. That puts the U.S. at a disadvantage, according to U.S. industry and government officials.
After nearly a year of this situation, the Commerce Department has drafted a new rule to address the problem, two people familiar with the matter said today. People familiar with the matter said the new rules essentially allow U.S. companies to participate in the activities of Huawei’s standards agency, which is also a member, although the rule could change in the future.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is conducting a final review of the draft, which, if approved, will be submitted to other agencies for approval, people familiar with the matter said. It is not clear how long the process will take, or whether other agencies will object.
Naomi Wilson, senior director of Asia policy at the Information Technology Industry Council , which represents companies such as Amazon, Qualcomm and Intel , said: “This has been going on for almost a year and I believe this will be resolved soon. “
People familiar with the matter said the rule was expected to apply only to Huawei and not to other Chinese companies that were unfairly treated.
Both the U.S. Commerce Department and Huawei declined to comment.
Last month, six U.S. lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Commerce Secretary, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and Energy, saying there was an urgent need to issue new rules to confirm whether U.S. companies’ participation in 5G standard-setting organizations was subject to export control regulations. (Li Ming)