The company's founder Ren Zhengei floated the opportunity for these deals in September, but at that time it was not clear if anyone would be receptive.
However, that is not really the core problem. Huawei is still on the US Department of Commerce entity list, preventing it from doing business with US companies without explicit permission. A license or transfer agreement can easily be considered a similar breach, even if no physical goods change hands. Politicians have been suspicious of Huawei and the possibility that it could slip the Chinese government's surveillance software into equipment, and it has no say what equipment it is.
It is not difficult to see why companies can warm to the idea of a license. The current 5G network is outside Huawei dominated by Ericsson and Nokia. This will allow US companies to jump into 5G and offer more competition, even though they technically "borrow" from Huawei.