Huawei Still Calling on US Despite Local Resistance

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Huawei being the third largest smartphones' manufacturer has been a tough rival of South Korean giant Samsung in various emerging markets around the world.

The deals, however, were never announced. But a number of politicians reject the deal and question online security in the United States. Channel partners looking to add another option for customers will still be able to access the latest Huawei devices via retail channels - and Huawei could be a welcome addition to their line cards, one partner said.

Although no explanation was given, industry watchers say AT&T's decision may have something to do with security concerns since Huawei has a history of relationship with the Chinese military.

Much like with the United Kingdom market, the only version of the device that will be sold will be the Mate 10 Pro and the Porsche-branded variant. Soon after, reports emerged that Verizon also was set to announce a similar partnership with Huawei at CES 2018, but also backed out.

An exhibitor takes a photo with a Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook declined to comment.

According to media reports, several members of the US Senate and House intelligence committees had sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, citing a committee report on Huawei's alleged ties with the Chinese government.

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Huawei has faced similar roadblocks before.

This is not the first time U.S. politicians have stooped to mudslinging to prevent the entry of Chinese high-tech companies into the USA market on the pretext they pose national security threats.

Yu mentioned the word "trust" repeatedly during today's keynote when describing global reaction to the company's hardware offerings - seemingly an unstated reference to some of the aforementioned security concerns in recent years.

It has to allocate some budget to enhance its public image in the USA, and even seek the assistance of partners like Google to promote its business.

AT&T reportedly pulled out of the deal under pressure from U.S. lawmakers who wrote to the FCC citing concerns "about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei's role in that espionage in particular". He explained the problem the company has been having with USA carriers, which could have been sparked by AT&T's sudden withdrawal of their deal.

During his keynote on Tuesday, Yu still announced the launch of the Mate 10 in the USA, but the smartphones will be sold through retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, and Microsoft. "As the most exclusive of all devices across the Mate 10 Series, it combines Porsche Design's aesthetic craft with Huawei's mobile engineering expertise", Huawei explained.

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