A Huawei logo will be seen at an exhibition during the World Intelligence Congress in Tianjin, China, May 16, 2019. REUTERS / Jason Lee
The Commerce Department may issue a temporary license to allow time for companies and people with Huawei equipment to maintain the reliability of their communications and equipment networks, the spokeswoman said.
The possible general license does not apply to new transactions, according to the spokeswoman, and lasts 90 days.
A spokesperson for Huawei did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The Commerce Department on Thursday added Huawei to a list of entities banned from doing business with U.S. companies without a license.
The list of entities identifies companies that are believed to be involved in activities that are in conflict with national security or policy interests abroad in the United States.
Potential beneficiary licensors may include internet access and mobile phone service providers in populated areas such as Wyoming and eastern Oregon who purchase network equipment from Huawei in recent years.
Reporting by Karen Freifeld; Editing by Leslie Adler and Grant McCool