HUAWEI cannot seem to catch a break. They have been temporarily suspended from the WiFi Alliance, thanks to the Trump ban. But what exactly does this HUAWEI WiFi Alliance suspension mean?
There is so much misunderstandings and false claims on the Internet, we thought we should clear up the confusion…
Updated @ 2019-05-31 : The WiFi Alliance quietly restored HUAWEI as a member. Seriously.
Originally posted @ 2019-05-26
The WiFi Alliance
The WiFi Alliance is a non-profit organisation that promotes and certifies Wi-Fi technology, and owns the Wi-Fi trademark.
Based in Austin, Texas, the Wi-Fi Alliance is made up of over 550 member companies, including Apple, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, Microsoft and of course, HUAWEI.
The HUAWEI WiFi Alliance Suspension
To comply with the US Department of Commerce listing of HUAWEI in the Entity List, the Wi-Fi Alliance has temporarily suspended HUAWEI’s participation in some of their activities.
Wi-Fi Alliance is fully complying with the recent U.S. Department of Commerce order without revoking Huawei Technologies membership.
Wi-Fi Alliance has temporarily restricted Huawei Technologies participation in Wi-Fi Alliance activities covered by the order.
Why Didn’t The WiFi Alliance Remove HUAWEI As A Member?
Unlike the SD Association, things are different with the WiFi Alliance, because HUAWEI has contributed significantly to the development of the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard.
Removing HUAWEI completely as a member could jeopardise the Wi-Fi 6 standard, as HUAWEI undoubtedly holds some key patents.
So the WiFi Alliance has to thread carefully… ostensibly complying with the Trump ban, while keeping HUAWEI within the alliance.
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What Does This Mean For Consumers?
Now, stop listening to your friends who keep sharing scary messages about how your HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone will no longer have WiFi.
The WiFi on your HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone will continue to work normally. In fact, future HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones will still continue to have Wi-Fi capabilities!
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What Does This Mean For HUAWEI?
Let us summarise what this means for HUAWEI, to clear up the confusion for everyone :
- HUAWEI is still officially a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
- HUAWEI can still make and sell products that use the Wi-Fi standards, including Wi-Fi 6.
- HUAWEI can still use the Wi-Fi Certified trademark in their products.
- HUAWEI is just restricted in what input they can have in future Wi-Fi standards.
This temporary Wi-Fi Alliance suspension has no short-term or even medium-term effect on HUAWEI because the upcoming Wi-Fi 6 standard has already been ratified.
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What Happens If The HUAWEI WiFi Suspension Continues?
If Trump does not lift his ban, HUAWEI will have limited input into the next-generation Wi-Fi standard. This could lead to two possible outcomes :
- The Wi-Fi Alliance will have to avoid using HUAWEI technologies in the future Wi-Fi 7 standard.
- HUAWEI quits the Wi-Fi Alliance and forms its own competing Wi-Fi consortium with other companies.
Neither are particularly good for the development of better and faster wireless technologies. Alliances work better with more collaboration and cooperation, not less.
But it’s no secret – Donald Trump has never cared about alliances.
And HUAWEI Is Back In Again
Almost as quickly and quietly as the WiFi Alliance removed HUAWEI as a member, they restored HUAWEI’s membership around 29 May 2019.
There was no official explanation for both removing HUAWEI or restoring them, all in a matter of days.
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