Huawei is victim of U.S. 'trust deficit'

REUTERS  Eric Gaillard Visitors try Huawei's devices during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain

While Huawei does sell its smartphones in the US, it does so without the benefit of a partnership with any of the country's four major wireless carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless.

The firm will launch the latest model from its high-end Mate series in the USA on February 18 for a starting price of $799, with orders accepted as of February 4, it announced this week.

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 USA telecommunications network, the Journal reported.

Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei has appointed actress Gal Gadot, known for her lead role in Wonder Woman, as the company's so-called chief experience officer. Yu confirmed that in his appearance at the CES.

AT&T was pressured to drop the deal after members of the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees sent a letter on December 20 to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) citing concerns about Huawei's plans to launch consumer products through a major U.S. telecom carrier.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. was previously banned from selling its other main line of networking equipment to USA carriers over concerns about its ties to Beijing. This reflects not only the dynamism of Chinese companies and their growing strength as they have moved up the value chain, but also the increasingly prominent economic competition between the two countries.

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As expected, today's Huawei CES press conference was a odd affair.

Yu said in an unscripted moment near the end of his CES keynote that the failure of the AT&T deal was a blow. The only positive takeaway for fans of the company is the fact that the hugely popular Honor 7X has finally been listed on Amazon US. That's our style. Very transparent.

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.

"The consumers will select Huawei, the carriers will select Huawei". I think is a quite big loss for us and also for carriers.

With no support from wireless carriers, Huawei's U.S. plans have taken a great hit but the company is still pushing through with the launch of the Mate 10 Pro in the U.S. Interested customers will be able to buy the smartphone unlocked for 799 dollars.

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