Japan’s Panasonic said after the U.S. ban on Chinese multinational company, Huawei, over security concerns, that it was suspending business with the company, joining a growing list of organizations taking such steps. The announcement was made a day following the decision by four major British and Japanese mobile carriers to delay the launch of new 5G Huawei handsets.
“We’ve stopped all business transactions with Huawei and its 68 group companies…that are subject to the US government ban.”, said Panasonic spokesman, Joe Flynn. “Yesterday (Wednesday), an internal instruction to fully enforce that rule was issued.”, he added.
The ban has led a parade of firms to take a step back from trading with Huawei, including Google, the Android operating system of which is integrated in most of the world’s smartphones.
Telecom giant, Everything Everywhere (EE), owned by British Telecom (BT), was about to release Huawei‘s first 5G phone, the Huawei Mate 20X, in Britain, but the Chinese company’s involvement in the U.S telecommunications sector has become a political issue.
EE chief executive Marc Allera said that the organization had “paused” the release of Huawei’s 5G smartphones “until we get the information and confidence and the long-term security that our customers…are going to be supported”.
In Japan, KDDI and SoftBank Corp said they were too delaying the launch of Huawei handsets to determine the US ban impact.