Huawei is one of the biggest mysteries in the wireless industry right now.
It's the world's No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 smartphone maker. Yet it's a pariah in several countries, including the US, to the point that the FBI reportedly set up a sting at CES 2019.
The Chinese telecom giant may have run into its biggest trouble yet in 2019. Late January saw the US Justice Departmentpertaining to the alleged theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran.
The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It's the reason why the and the company was added to the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List on May 15, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks.
Over the last few months, there's been an, with a number of countries banning the use of its networking equipment. That's why its despite its massive presence around the world.
Huawei, for its part, has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence through the recent charges.
It can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so let's put what's happened since the start of 2018 in a handy timeline.
Jan. 9, 2018: At the Consumer Electronics Show, Huawei CEO Richard Yu.
Feb. 13, 2018: FBI Director Chris Wray ZTE phones.buying Huawei and
March 22, 2018: Huaweias retail partner.
May 2, 2018: The Pentagonof Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases.
June 6, 2018: A report reveals that Facebook gave Huawei
June 7, 2018: Congressover its ties with Huawei.
July 11, 2018: Australia says it'llamid security concerns.
July 19, 2018: Huaweimark for the year to date.
Sept. 5, 2018: In a Senate hearing on Facebook and Twitter, Huawei and ZTE get called out.
Sept. 7, 2018: Huawei gets caught cheating on a phone benchmark test.
Oct. 18, 2018: Huawei tussles with US startup CNEX Labs over theft of technology.
Dec. 5, 2018: Britain's BT says it'll strip Huawei equipment from 4G network by 2021 and won't use it in 5G core.
Dec. 6, 2018: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is arrested in Canada at the request of the US.
Dec. 7, 2018: Reuters reports that Japan will stop buying Huawei, ZTE equipment.
Dec. 12, 2018: A Canadian court grants Huawei's CFO $10 million bail.
Dec. 24, 2018: Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments.
Jan. 3, 2019: A report suggests that President Trump may use an executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE purchases.
Jan. 4, 2019: Senators introduce a bipartisan bill to address concerns about Chinese tech companies.
Jan. 8, 2019: Huawei fights to stay in the US with laptops and tablets at CES.
Jan. 11, 2019: In Poland, a Huawei employeeover alleged spying.Three days later, Huawei .
Jan. 18, 2019: China says a Canadian ban on Huawei's 5G tech will trigger "repercussions."
Jan. 23, 2019: Huawei's CFO may face formal extradition to the US, report says.
Jan. 24, 2019: Huawei reportedly says it'll take the smartphone crown from Samsung by 2020.
Jan. 25, 2019: Colleges reportedly reveal a foldable phone with 5G in February.to appease the Trump administration. Also, Huawei says it'll
Jan. 30, 2019: Qualcomm reaches an interim licensing agreement with Huawei.
Feb. 6, 2019: US State Departmentfrom using Huawei equipment in their 5G rollouts.
Feb. 17, 2019: The UK reportedly concludes that using Huawei in 5G is.
Feb. 19, 2019: Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei"there's no way the US can crush us."
Feb. 20-21, 2019: Ren "military" tech., the company's CFO, was "politically motivated and that the US treats 5G like
Feb. 21, 2019: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says countries using Huawei tech pose a risk to the US.
Feb. 22, 2019: Italian politicians reportedly
Feb. 24, 2019: Huaweifoldable phone.
Feb. 25, 2019: Huawei couldin the US.
Feb. 26, 2019: Samsung and Huawei.
Feb. 28, 2019: Chinese kids literallyin surreal video.
March 1, 2019: An extradition hearing for Huawei's CFOfrom Canada, and the US against using Huawei 5G gear.
March 5, 2019: Huaweifor international cybersecurity standards.
March 8, 2019: Huaweiover its equipment ban.
March 12, 2019: US reportedlyor it'll limit intelligence sharing. The Huawei Mate 20 shipped.
March 14, 2019: Huawei isin case it can't use Android or Windows, report says.
March 15, 2019: Huawei's CFObefore arrest, according to the company's founder.
March 19, 2019: Angela Merkel pushes back against US pressure to bar Huawei from Germany's 5G rollout.
March 26, 2019: Huawei launches thein Paris.
March 28, 2019: British watchdog warns that Huawei products represent "."
March 29, 2019: Huaweifor having "a loser's attitude" because its tech can't compete.
April 4, 2019: Huaweito overtake Samsung and Apple, and MIT with Huawei and ZTE due to US investigations.
April 8: Huawei is "open" toto Apple, says report.
April 9: The US reportedlya Huawei ban in Germany.
April 11: Google and Huawei willfor bootloop issues in class-action lawsuit.
April 21: The CIAHuawei is funded by Chinese state security.
April 24: Britain will reportedlyto 5G infrastructure. Several days later, China to let Huawei be part of 5G rollout.
April 30: Vodafonein Huawei equipment, according to a report.
May 1: Huaweiin phone sales and reportedly has an for later this year.
May 2: A Huawei leakof UK defense minister Gavin Williamson.
May 3: Countriesas the US warns again of Huawei's threat.
May 8: 5G rolloutin UK over Huawei investigations.
May 15: TrumpHuawei with national security order, a day after hinted at it.
May 16: Huawei says US banAmerican jobs and companies.
May 19: Google reportedlyfrom future Android updates.