It keeps getting worse, last week it was confirmed that Microsoft had suspended business dealings with Huawei Technologies, now the Chinese technology company has been banned from using microSD cards and having microSD slots in its smartphones. This latest ban for Huawei was announced by the SD Association which has also gone ahead and terminated Huawei's membership and delisted it on its website.
This will only be a big blow for Huawei's future smartphones as current smartphones will continue to use the SD and microSD slots and cards that they already have.
The SD Association is a non-profit organization made up of a worldwide ecosystem of companies setting memory card standards that "simplify the use and extend the life of consumer electronics, including mobile phones, for millions of people every day."
Impact of Huawei ban in Africa
It is important to note that the SD Association does not manufacture, market or sell any products. It is entirely a standards body that exists to create standards and then promote the adoption, advancement and use of SD standards used by competing product manufacturers that make interoperable memory cards and devices.
Thus far, the impact of America's executive order blacklisting Huawei has been limited to smartphones on the continent as the company continues to engage and implement 5G related projects. In June 2019, during the African Cup of Nations, Huawei will be running Egypt's first 5G trial at the Cairo stadium while it has also started offering 5G training to students at two South African universities.
Despite this latest ban, Huawei shouldn't be too fazed as it has already been working on its own technology similar to microSD cards. Known simply as the Huawei Nano Memory Card, the cards are smaller than the microSD card and share the same slot as the Nano SIM Card. They are already being used on Huawei's flagship smartphones.
Perhaps what we are starting to witness is the world of digital technology being split into two as the Chinese are forced to introduce new technology standards and products to compete with the ones that Western organizations control. This has also been recently hinted by China's President Xi Jinping as he called on other countries to join them in developing new models for the Internet, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.