,The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday conformed previous reports and created a temporary general license restoring Huawei’s ability to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.
The license, which was posted for public inspection, scales back the restrictions imposed by the U.S. government last week on Huawei Technologies’s buying U.S. goods in order to help existing customers. The temporary license lasts until Aug. 19.
On Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei and 68 entities to an export blacklist that makes it nearly impossible for the Chinese company to purchase goods made in the United States. Huawei is now on a list of entities that are banned from doing business with U.S. companies without licenses.
The entities list identifies companies believed to be involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.
Google has also suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing. Holders of current Huawei smartphones with Google apps, however, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google, Google said.