Huawei Still Calling on US Despite Local Resistance

Huawei filed complaints against Samsung in both China and the U.S. in 2016, alleging that Samsung was infringing multiple patents relating to 4G telecommunication technologies, operating systems, and interface software.

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. That will join the similarly self-effacing "best phone you've never heard of" slogan the company has started rolling out in the ramp-up to Mate 10 Pro availability. The Wall Street Journal suggested 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".

Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who played the title role in the 2017 Warner Bros. movie "Wonder Woman", is the new celebrity sponsor of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Ms. Gadot will join Huawei's marketing efforts as the company introduces its Mate10 Pro mobile phone to USA market.

Verizon is also under the same pressure as AT&T, according to Android Police.

AT&T's cancellation comes weeks after the US Senate and House intelligence committees reportedly sent letters to the Federal Communications Commission arguing that Huawei was a security threat.

There is little question that Chinese deals often attract especially close scrutiny in the US.

Huawei might still decide to cancel its Super Bowl commercial as things have not been worked out as planned for the launch of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Most US consumers don't buy unlocked phones, though, instead going through carriers to buy new phones. I think is a quite big loss for us and also for carriers.

Support from USA carriers has been an issue for Chinese smartphone brands. Wonder Woman was one of the highest grossing movies in the US previous year and Gal Gadot's performance was appreciated by critics and audiences alike.

The refusal is the latest example of a Chinese company struggling to develop its United States business. At the time, Huawei hit out at worldwide "protectionism".

While the United States government continues to be wary of Huawei's supposed ties to the Chinese government, it apparently has no objections to ZTE's practices. The UK's security watchdog also anxious about a telecoms equipment deal between BT and Huawei.

Vanessa Coleman

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