The U.S. Commerce Department said it was extending a license allowing the U.S. companies to continue doing business with Huawei through May 15. The licenses allow rural carriers to continue to service customers in some of the most remote areas of the U.S. Before this extension, the previous license was set to expire on April 1.
The United States has expressed concern that Huawei equipment could contain security loopholes that allow China to spy on global communications traffic. In May 2019, the US Commerce Department added Huawei to an economic blacklist citing national security concerns. Now, the department has allowed it to purchase some American-made goods in a move aimed at minimizing disruption for its customers. The Trump administration has been urging foreign governments to bar Huawei from building 5G networks.