Wi-Fi Alliance, SD Association Limit Huawei’s Access to Future Standards

Following Washington’s blacklisting of Chinese telecom’s giant Huawei last week, Wi-Fi Alliance, which sets the standards for wireless technology, has “temporarily restricted” the company’s access to future standards, the Nikkei Asian Review is reporting.


At the same time, Huawei has also been removed from the membership of the SD Association, which is known for developing the standards of the SD Card. “The SD Association is complying with U.S. Department of Commerce orders,” the group said.

Similarly, semiconductor standards agency JEDEC has revealed that Huawei had voluntarily decided to withdraw membership. According to JEDEC’s website, however, Frank Yang, Huawei’s representative and vice-chairman of JEDEC, is listed as a director of JEDEC as of today:

“On May 17, 2019, Huawei Technologies notified JEDEC that it had decided to voluntarily suspend its membership in JEDEC until the restrictions imposed by the U.S. government are removed,” a JEDEC spokesperson told Nikkei.

“Huawei values its relationships with all partners and associations around the world and understands the difficult situation they are in,” a Huawei spokesperson said in a statement to Nikkei. “We are hopeful this situation will be resolved and are working to find the best solution.”

Although exclusion could put Huawei at a disadvantage when expanding its overseas business, the tech giant could still develop those related chips and products as those standards are open to the whole industry.