The company did not hesitate to want Huawei’s business. During his latest earnings call, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said Qualcomm is determining how it can sell to every phone maker, “including Huawei”. However, there was no sign of a lobbying campaign at the time.
It also comes shortly after Huawei resolved a patent dispute with Huawei by paying $ 1.8 billion and reaching a new licensing agreement, although the two events are not necessarily linked.
A number of companies have managed to get exceptions to the US ban through licenses, such as Intel, Micron and Xilinx. Qualcomm doesn̵7;t have to try an unrealistic feat. Even so, success is still not guaranteed. Smartphones represent an important part of Huawei’s business, and allowing such a major exception could be seen as undermining the ban. It can also be viewed as inconsistent when software companies like Google are still banned from interacting with the Chinese company.