He Tingbo, HiSilicon, “Prevail no matter what.”

Ms. He runs a US$8 billion chip company

“Many years ago, when everything was going smoothly, the company made ultimate survival assumption that one day we might have no access to any advanced chips and technology from U.S

“We have courage, wisdom and tenacity to conquer and prevail in the end! Storms ahead is the time we show our true heroic nature, no matter what, we can build our own Noah’s Ark”.

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90-day exemption: The official word from the U.S. Gov

Can Huawei use U.S. parts for 90 days for equipment in place in Europe? News reports suggest the 90-day exemption only applies to U.S. rural carriers. But the plain language of the announcement does not say it is only U.S. carriers and mentions “foreign carriers.”

Based on the official announcement, it appears Huawei can order parts for European customers as well. IANAL. I would suggest any U.S. company selling to Huawei check with a good attorney.

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Department of Commerce Issues Limited Exemptions on Huawei Products

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Huawei’s ownership by trade union committee

Christopher Balding and Donald Clarke have published a paper with interesting details of Huawei’s ownership. They confirm that the profits not reinvested are distributed among the employees.

“The Huawei operating company is 100% owned by a holding company, which is in turn approximately 1% owned by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and 99% owned by an entity called a “trade union committee” for the holding company. … What have been called “employee shares” in “Huawei” are in fact at most contractual interests in a profit-sharing scheme. “

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Apple could buy Huawei 5G modems

Intel, Apple’s preferred supplier, has missed important delivery milestones on 5G modem, according to UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri, but denied by Intel. If so, Apple could turn to Huawei, Engadget suggests, citing a source that sounds like a Huawei leak.

Huawei is now the largest chip designer in China, with sales in the billions. It is actively selling some chips, such as high end TV processors, to others. As far as I know, Huawei hasn’t offered any 5G chips.

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Huawei the most transparent big telco supplier

One of the most information-packed events of 2019 will be April 16-18 in Shenzen. Huawei will bring two dozen of their top executives first for presentations and after for questions from some of the best analysts in the world. While other companies avoid tough questions, Huawei does its best to answer almost everything. Of course they are enthusiastic about their products, but they stay closer to the facts than almost anyone else in the business. I wish it were practical for me to go.

Huawei got almost unbelievable support from the Western press when it was attacked by the U.S. One reason is that the U.S. never provided any evidence, leading many to infer the U.S. had no substantial facts. A second reason is that those who have worked with Huawei – I’ve reported about Huawei since 2004, when BT’s Paul Reynolds told me to take a look – have learned they are at least as trustworthy as their Western peers.

Huawei several years ago made the strategic decision to be open and transparent in a way almost none of the Internet giants are.

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HiSilicon as #1 Asia chip designer

HiSilicon revenue in 2018 was US$7.6 billion, growing rapidly. Digitimes expects it will soon pass struggling MediaTek. Chipmakers with massive plants (Samsung) have large sales volume, but HiSilicon is #1 in design-only fabless vendors.

90% of HiSilicon’s chips go to Huawei but it is branching out. The AI and Network Processors are natural for a high-end TV, like the pictured 8K Sharp. (Huawei is releasing a TV line as well, with sales projected at 10,00,000.)

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Huawei sales up 36% in Jan & Feb

Trump has lost his war against Huawei, as most engineers predicted. Britain, Germany, India and even Australia are not banning Huawei, although they’ve imposed some restrictions. (NYT)

Huawei sales are not just up, but increasing far above forecast. Some may be customers stocking up to avoid shutdowns, but most is genuine demand. If Huawei growth continues at even 18% the rest of the year, 2019 sales will top US$130 billion.

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4 Camera, High Zoom P30 Phone March 26, Paris

Oppo was the first to demonstrate high zoom “periscope” smartphone cameras, but Huawei looks to be the first to market. An 8-10X optical zoom will allow many pictures that at best come out fuzzy today. Bravo!

Jennie was enthused when we saw one of the first Huawei 3 camera phones. Going to four cameras will be even better, but the improved processing power probably will do more for most ordinary pictures. In particular, the new chips from HiSilicon and Qualcomm have dedicated AI cores.

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Jay Goldberg: “Huawei’s Balong 5G modem has the best performance on the market currently.”

A year ago, I wrote that the top of the line Qualcomm and HiSilicon chips were “comparable.” At MWC 2019 respected analyst Jay Goldberg concluded that Huawei has even pulled ahead.

Goldberg went on to say Qualcomm 2nd generation chip, already sampling, should catch them up. Mediatek and Samsung expect chips this year. Intel doesn’t.

Both Qualcomm & HiSilicon uses the 7 nm process at TSMC. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of engineers are needed to design these chips. There are an almost unbelievably complex 15-20 billion transistors.

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Bill of Attainder: Huawei’s strong case under U.S. Constituion

On the law, Huawei has a substantial claim in its suit against the U.S. government ban. Our constitution bans a “Bill of Attainder,” a law passed that is designed to enforce a judgement against an individual person.

The 2018 U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (PDF link) section 889 (Prohibition on certain telecommunications and video surveillance services) prevents the government and many others from buying

“Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities).”

The U.S. Constitution is clear “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

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Meng extradition to U.S. advancing

Months or years in court. I nearly laughed out loud at a Canadian Department of Justice statement, “Canada is a country governed by the rule of law. The decision on whether to issue an authority to proceed was made by Department of Justice … officials who are part of a non-partisan public service.”

Chinese official Xie Maosong thinks the Canadians will resist U.S. political pressure. “My personal assessment is that there should be some sort of deal in March and Meng Wanzhou will likely be released in April or May.”

If lying to bankers were a criminal offense, Donald Trump would be on the way to jail after Michael Cohen’s testimony. Trump, according to Cohen, repeatedly added US$billions to his bank filings.

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Raining 5G in #DataMustFall South Africa

South Africa has some of the highest prices in the world. Willem Roos’ Rain intends to change that. He charges US$3.50 per gigabyte with no minimum or unlimited offpeak for US$18 (except 6 pm to 11 pm). It has 2,500 towers with LTE, most with fibre backhaul, heading to 5,000 fairly soon.

Learning from Jio and Free Italy, Willem Roos’ Rain charges US$3.50 per gigabyte with no minimum or unlimited offpeak for US$18 (except 6 pm to 11 pm). It has 2,500 towers with LTE, most with fibre backhaul, heading to 5,000 fairly soon. Rain & Huawei have started upgrading radios in Jo’burg to 5G and intend to cover the major cities rapidly.

Lower prices make sense if your operation is efficient. New wireless networks are dramatically cheaper to run than older ones. Lee Hicks at Verizon is replacing most of its transport network, seeing 50% savings in the first year, and predicting the savings will go to 80%.  Reliance Jio is destroying everyone else in India because they have a new network with much lower costs. 

#DataMustFall is a citizen campaign demanding affordable Internet.

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