China's Huawei Features US Traction Regardless of Spying Fear
Jan 13 2018
Not signing this deal with AT&T won't completely knock Huawei out of the us market, but the Mate 10 Pro won't sell anywhere near as well as they anticipated.
The Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has hit a major stumbling block in its United States expansion plans, with its first deal with an American carrier apparently falling through because of political pressure.
In a speech given by the CEO of Huawei's consumer products division, Richard Yu, during the CES 2018, the executive went "off-script" to address the issue.
Back in December, Huawei consumer products chief Richard Yu had been quoted saying his company would partner with one or more us carriers to launch the Mate 10 in the market, with an announcement to come at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place this week in Las Vegas.
But Huawei's dominance is again stoking fears among Washington security and intelligence experts, who worry major USA carriers might be tempted to turn to the Chinese giant. The Wall Street Journalsuggested that the reason behind AT&T's change of heart was more likely political, and it took note of a 2012 Congressional report that linked Huawei hardware products to alleged "state-sponsored spying". The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has also been voted as phone of the year by Android 2017.
After the Huawei Mate 10 Pro presentation, Yu pulled up a slide that read "Something I Want To Share". But it has never managed to crack the U.S., and the firm will have to rethink its expansion plans after this latest blow.
"We win the trust of the Chinese carriers, we win the trust of the emerging markets. and also we win the trust of the global carriers, all the European and Japanese carriers", he said. Wonder Woman was one of the highest grossing movies in the US past year and Gal Gadot's performance was appreciated by critics and audiences alike. It is expected to launch big in the United States, but carrier partnerAT&Tdropped off of the deal at the last minute. At the time, Huawei hit out at worldwide "protectionism". Now there is a renewed effort by the USA government to hamper the growth of Huawei in the US.
Yet Huawei appeared shut out of the United States six years ago after congressional investigators determined its equipment could be used for spying or crippling the US telecommunications network, the Journal reported.