Huawei Focusing on Cloud Business That Still Has Access to US Chips Despite Sanctions

Huawei Focusing on Cloud Business That Still Has Access to US Chips Despite Sanctions: Report

In January, Huawei put the unit on an equal footing with its smartphones equipment business

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Huawei is stepping up its cloud computing offerings
  • Beijing will support Huawei through public cloud contracts
  • Trump administration restricted technology exports to Chinese companies

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to US chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival, the Financial Times reported.

Huawei’s cloud computing business sells computing power and storage to companies, including giving them access to artificial intelligence, and has been growing rapidly, the newspaper reported on Sunday, citing sources.

In January, Huawei put the unit on an equal footing with its smartphones and telecoms equipment businesses, Financial Times reported.

The unit was stepping up its offerings and Beijing will increasingly support the company through public cloud contracts, according to the report.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has restricted technology exports to Chinese companies in particular, notably Huawei, citing national security risks.