TomTom signs contract with Huawei to use maps and services: spokesperson

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Amsterdam: The Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom signed a contract with the Chinese company Huawei Technologies on Friday for the use of its maps and services in smartphone apps.
Huawei was forced to develop its own smartphone operating system after it was blacklisted by the U.S. government Donald Trump last year for national security concerns.

This prohibited Huawei from using Google's official Android operating system as well as frequently used apps such as Google Maps on new cell phones.

The agreement with TomTom enables Huawei to use the Dutch company's map, traffic information and navigation software to develop apps for their smartphones.

TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra said the deal was closed some time ago but has not been released by the company.

Meerstra declined to provide further details of the agreement.

TomTom, which is moving from selling software service equipment, sold its telematics division to Bridgestone in Japan last year to focus on its digital card-related businesses.