Huawei smartphone line president Kevin Ho in Paris
Huawei smartphone line president Kevin Ho in Paris, France (James de Villiers, Business Insider South Africa)
  • The correct pronunciation of Huawei is "wah-way".
  • The company’s name refers to the acts of making, acting, and, among others, planting. 
  • The Chinese company is currently in the news for the wrong reasons.  
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Huawei is currently making headlines for all the wrong reasons - the company is facing a massive crisis after the US government blacklisted the company and Google and others had to sever ties with the Chinese giant. This means that Huawei users may not be able to get access to Android updates in future.

Losing its Android licence can have far-reaching consequences for Huawei, with the company potentially being forced to sell smartphones without Google apps such as Google, Gmail, and Maps in the future. 

Huawei is the second-largest cellphone producer in South Africa, after Samsung.

Still, many people struggle to pronounce Huawei.

Avashnee Moodley, Huawei South Africa spokesperson, says the To easily pronounce Huawei, Moodley suggests people say it as “wow-way” or “wah-way”. 

The "Hua" part refers to China, while the "wei" refers to "making, acting, planting, building, managing and treating". 

Also read: Huawei crisis: South African government won’t ‘discriminate’

A staff member of Huawei uses her mobile phone at the Huawei Digital Transformation Showcase in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province on March 6, 2019.
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Huawei was founded in Shenzhen, China, in 1987 as a company selling telecommunication switches.  

Shenzhen, with only 300,000 people at the time, was declared a special economic zone in 1980 which caused a construction boom and the founding of many companies. 

“Due to perseverance and supporting markets that larger companies ignored, Huawei grew its reputation for trust, loyalty, quality and price,” Moodley said. 

Also read: If you own a Huawei phone in South Africa, here is everything you need to know about the Google crisis

Within 20 years Huawei became the biggest telecommunications provider in the world, Moodley said, and due to heavy investment in research became the second largest smartphone brand in 2019 (after Samsung). 

US president Donald Trump’s administration believes Huawei's smartphones and network equipment can be used by China to spy on Americans - allegations the company has repeatedly denied.

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