Huawei deems the federal ban on its products put in place by the United States government on Monday an exercise in futility on Washington's part. "Huawei supports the US government's goals for better security, but this random addition to the NDAA is ineffective, misguided, and unconstitutional," a company spokesperson said in a statement to AndroidHeadlines. The Shenzhen-based original equipment manufacturer argues that the defense bill amendment doesn't help the U.S. government identify the "real security risks" or otherwise strengthen its cyber defenses. Instead, the provision will do nothing but be detrimental to Huawei's ambitions to innovate across a wide variety of technology segments, consequently hurting American consumers and businesses who would be willing to use the company's products, according to the firm.
Besides preventing federal agency heads from allowing any kind of technology from Huawei to be used in critical systems or as a component of any other state-run solution, the Section 899 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 also prohibits government institutions from doing business with companies that rely on Huawei-made infrastructure or software in any significant manner. The bill was signed by President Trump on Monday, though its anti-Huawei provision leaves a lot of room for interpretation and it remains to be seen how it will affect the Chinese OEM in the immediate future. Huawei hasn't been doing business with the U.S. government on any significant scale ever since entering the country close to two decades back as the company often ended up clashing with American companies such as T-Mobile, in addition to repeatedly facing allegations of being a national security risk due to its literal and figurative proximity to China's Communist government. The company argued it's a privately owned entity on many occasions but refuses to clarify its ownership structure to date, which has been one of the main points of stateside criticism it has been facing over the last fifteen years.
"We believe that the American people deserve equal access to the best possible connections and smart device options, and will keep working to make this happen," Huawei said, without elaborating on the matter. This year's defense budget bill also targets China's telecom giant ZTE, hitting it with the same restrictions that were imposed on any potential federal use of Huawei's products and services.