U.S. strike on China’s ZTE another blow for Qualcomm
U.S. strike on China’s ZTE another blow for Qualcomm. A move by the United States to ban American firms selling components to the Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE will also hit a target closer to home: Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is a major supplier of chips for ZTE’s phones.
The U.S. Department of Commerce slapped a seven-year ban on sales to ZTE on Monday for breaking terms of an agreement reached last year after it was caught illegally shipping goods to Iran. Caught in the crossfire is Qualcomm, whose products account for the lion’s share of chips inside ZTE smartphones. The Chinese company shipped an estimated 46.4M phones last year, according to IHS Markit. Read more here.