The China-based telecom operator Huawei failed to make a deal to sell its new smartphones through the US operator.
Media speculation alleged that the company is in talks to release its Huawei Mate 10 Pro in sales through the AT&T operator. But a number of politicians reject the deal and question online security in the United States.
The refusal is the latest example of a Chinese company struggling to develop its US business. Last week, authorities in the country blocked the sale of Moneygram for 1.2 billion USD to Alibaba’s digital divestment unit Ant Financial. It was the most important deal of a Chinese company that was blocked since Donald Trump took office at the White House.
The Huawei’s CEO of the Consumer unit, Richard Yu, told a broad audience at the CES Technology Fair in Las Vegas that the deal with a US operator “unfortunately” has not been achieved. He does not comment on why the deal has failed, but said it was a “big loss for consumers because they would not have the best choice for their devices”.
“The US market is a unique challenge for Huawei, and although Huawei Mate 10 Pro will not be sold by US operators, we remain committed to this market now and in the future”, says the official statement of Huawei.
AT&T has been pressed to give up the deal after 18 US Senate and US Intelligence Committee members have signed a letter to regulators expressing concerns about Chinese companies’ engagement in the US telecommunications sector.
In 2012, a US congressional committee said Chinese Huawei and ZTE would be banned from mergers and acquisitions in the US because the two companies pose a threat to US security.
Huawei is the TOP 3 smartphone manufacturer in the world, along with Apple and Samsung.