Huawei devices on Globe, PLDT, Smart unaffected by trade woes, telcos say


Posted at May 20 2019 07:10 PM | Updated as of May 20 2019 08:04 PM

Huawei devices on Globe, PLDT, Smart unaffected by trade woes, telcos say 1
Signage is seen at the Huawei offices in Reading, Britain, May 2, 2019. Toby Melville, Reuters

MANILA - Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc on Monday said Huawei devices on their networks would be unaffected by US companies' move to cut supply ties with the Chinese giant.

Google, which suspended hardware and software supplies to Huawei in compliance with an order from Washington, said Android services on existing Huawei devices would "keep functioning."

"We wish to assure our customers that the current situation at Huawei will not impact its network services," Globe said in a statement.

Globe said it received assurance from Huawei that it would continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to its device users on the Globe network.

PLDT and mobile unit Smart Huawei devices on its network "will continue to function normally."

"PLDT and Smart will work closely with Huawei in addressing concerns regarding future firmware and software updates for phones, pocket Wifi units, and other devices," the telco said.

Both Globe and PLDT use Huawei equipment in their networks and sell Huawei phones to their subscribers. The two are also considering using Huawei equipment to roll out their 5G services.

Huawei is the world's largest vendor of telecommunications equipment, and the second largest vendor of smartphones.