An Analysis of The U.S. Denial Order’s Impact on ZTE Smartphone and 5G Developments, 2018 –

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The U.S. Department of Commerce imposed a denial order against ZTE on April 16, 2018, banning American businesses or individuals from selling high-tech components and technologies to the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker.

Given that American companies provide most of the APs (Application Processors), RF (Radio Frequency) components, and operating systems used in ZTE smartphones, the ban severely impacts the future operations of the corporation.

Following Trump’s recent twitter tweet that stated his willingness to assist ZTE, things may not go as bad as everyone fear but there are still some interesting points to look into.

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This report explores the implications of the activation of the denial order, which affects the supply chain of ZTE considerably, weakens ZTE’s influence in the telecommunications industry, and blocks its 5G development.

  • Background of a denial of export privileges imposed by The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce against ZTE
  • Implications for ZTE’s supply chain, touching on application processors, wireless communication chips, radio frequency components, and operating systems.
  • Analysis of possible motivations behind US’ denial order against ZTE

Key Topics Covered

1. Background

2. Implications for the ZTE Supply Chain

2.1 Application Processor and Wireless Communication Chip

2.1.1 The Current Market

2.1.2 Possible Places to Transfer the Orders

2.2 Radio Frequency Component

2.2.1 The Current Market

2.2.2 Possible Places to Transfer the Orders

2.3 Operating System

2.3.1 The Current Market

2.3.2 Possible Places to Transfer the Orders

3. Implications for ZTE’s 5G Ambitions

3.1 The Denial Order Seeks to Stifle ZTE’s Development Momentum by Barring the Use of American Software and Hardware

3.1.1 The Incapability to Conduct Independent R&D for Core Chips and Components Has Become a Major Issue

3.1.2 The U.S. is Determined to Cripple China’s 5G Development, and the Shots are Being Fired at ZTE

4. MIC Perspective

Companies Featured

  • Airoha Technology
  • Alcatel
  • Apple
  • Broadcom
  • HiSilicon
  • HTC
  • Huawei
  • Infineon
  • Lenovo
  • LG
  • Maxscend Microelectronics
  • MediaTek
  • Motorola
  • Murata
  • OPPO
  • Qorvo
  • Qualcomm
  • Samsung
  • Skyworks
  • Sony
  • Taiyo Yuden
  • TCL
  • TDK
  • Tizen
  • TI
  • Unigroup Spreadtrum RDA
  • Verizon
  • VIVO
  • Walsin Technology
  • Wingtech
  • Xiaomi
  • ZT

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