Huawei reckons US ban will cost its phone division $10 billion

From CNET: Huawei said the impact of its blacklisting by the US Commerce Department would be less than it previously estimated, Reuters reported Friday. Eric Xu, the controversial Chinese phone maker's deputy chairman, told reporters that it expects a sales reduction of $10 billion for its phone division, after CEO Ren Zhengfei predicted that it'd lose $30 billion in June.

"It seems it is going to be a little less than that. But you have to wait till our results in March," Xu said at a news conference at its Shenzhen headquarters.

The Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei following an executive order from President Donald Trump that effectively banned it from US communications networks. It required American companies to get a license to do business with the Chinese telecom giant, which is the subject of national security concerns due to its links to the Chinese government. Huawei has also announced that it's making its own mobile operating system, which could be applied to its phones if it's locked out of Google's Android.

On Monday, the department said it's extending a temporary general license that allows US companies to work with Huawei for another 90 days, but Xu said the reprieve was "meaningless" because its employees are "fully prepared" work within the ban.

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