May 21, 2019
THE Philippines’ telecommunications titans assured their customers on Monday that they can still use the Huawei devices issued to them, as these are not yet affected by Washington’s crackdown on the Chinese technology giant that produced them.
In a statement, PLDT Inc. said that “in light of the recent trade ban of the United States government on Huawei products, PLDT and Smart Communications Inc. wish to assure its customers who have availed of Huawei handsets and devices via its official channels that said products will continue to function normally on the PLDT-Smart network.”
“PLDT and Smart will work closely with Huawei in addressing concerns regarding future firmware and software updates for phones, pocket Wi-Fi units and other devices,” it added.
In a separate statement, Globe Telecom Inc. said Huawei would continue to deliver updates and services to those who availed themselves of the latter’s smartphones through the telco.
“We have received assurance from Huawei that the company will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to its device users using the Globe network,” the Ayala-led company said.
“We wish to assure our customers that the current situation at Huawei would not impact its network services,” it added.
Their statements came after US President Donald Trump forbade American companies from dealing with foreign firms that pose a serious security threat to the country and its citizens, which many consider as directly targeting Huawei.
He recently signed an executive order banning the purchase or use of equipment from companies that pose such a threat.
One of the first to comply was American internet titan Google, which said on Monday it was reviewing the implications of the ban.
In response to the order, Huawei said in a statement that restricting the Chinese telecommunications giant from doing business in America “will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives.”
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