US rule might let American companies work with Huawei on 5G

The Commerce Department is close to signing off on the new rule, Reuters reports.

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Huawei might yet be able to work with US companies on 5G.

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American companies could be allowed to work with Huawei on setting 5G standards under a new rule from the US Commerce Department, according to Reuters.  The rule would let US companies take part in next-generation networking standards bodies alongside the controversial Chinese telecom, and it's under final review at the department, the report noted.

It'll still require approval from other agencies and could get caught up in governmental bureaucracy, Reuters noted, but seems like a shift. The Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei after President Donald Trump's May 2019 executive order that effectively banned the company from US communications networks.

The US has long alleged that Huawei, a maker of phones and networking equipment, maintains a tight relationship with the Chinese government, creating fear that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies.

The Commerce Department declined to comment, while Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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