Since US President Donald Trump signed the executive order that blacklisted Huawei Technologies from doing business in and with the USA, many companies and organizations in America have been scrambling to comply with the order. The latest association to comply with Trump's executive order is the Wi-Fi Alliance.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, in case you were not aware, is an Austin (Texas) based non-profit organisation that owns the Wi-Fi trademark and also certifies and promotes Wi-Fi technology.
"Wi-Fi Alliance is fully complying with the recent U.S. Department of Commerce order without revoking Huawei Technologies membership. Wi-Fi Alliance has temporarily restricted Huawei Technologies participation in Wi-Fi Alliance activities covered by the order," reads a statement by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
However, all that the Wi-Fi Alliance has done is temporarily restrict Huawei's inputs into the Alliance's activities until further notice. The Wi-Fi Alliance, unlike the SD Association which removed Huawei as a member and banned the Chinese technology company from using microSD slots and cards, has not removed Huawei from its list of members nor has it suspended its membership.
There's a very good reason why the Wi-Fi Alliance didn't completely cut ties with Huawei. It all has to do with the coming Wi-Fi 6 standard.
Firstly, Huawei has over the years made some significant and important inputs into the Wi-Fi 6 standard which is faster and uses some 5G technologies which Huawei is arguably the leader in. As Huawei itself puts it; "It [Wi-Fi 6] offers four times the system capacity of Wi-Fi 5, four times the concurrent access, and 60 percent lower transmission latency. Wi-Fi 6 is quick and responsive. It is intended for many users who need lots of bandwidth and a great user experience."
Added to that, Huawei owns some of the important patents for Wi-Fi 6. As such, the Wi-Fi Alliance cannot exactly afford to completely cut ties with Huawei as this would cause confusion around the Wi-Fi 6 standard whose development is at an advanced stage.
Above all, this illustrates how complex the executive order by Trump has made relations between various technology companies and standards bodies around the world. More importantly, it shows that this doesn't affect only the USA and China but the whole world.