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Huawei's AT&T U.S. smartphone deal collapses

Huawei's AT&T U.S. smartphone deal collapses

The collapse of the deal coincides with United States politicians expressing concerns that Huawei is a security threat.

"It's pronounced Wow Way" is a tag you'll likely be seeing quite a bit, as the company pumps more money into USA -based ads.

Huawei is just one of a growing number of major companies turning to the Chinese court system to settle its intellectual property claims, as Beijing tries to create a better environment for local innovation in its move away from low-end manufacturing.

According to the Journal, Union Wireless of Mountain View, Wyoming - with 50,000 customers in five Western states - turned to Huawei four years ago after its previous equipment vendor fell behind schedule on a critical network upgrade.

This isn't the first time USA politicians have suspected Huawei of being a security threat, though they have never offered proof in public.

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What's a poor smartphone maker to do when its latest grand plans for US distribution fall through? On Tuesday, the company announced Gadot's endorsement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, saying Ms. Gadot will serve as the company's first "Chief Experience Officer". "Sometimes that's good for consumers and business; sometimes it is not", the partner said. During the launch, the consumer CEO Richard Yu said the firm had the "highest standard in privacy and security" and said the carrier deals were a "big loss" for customers, who now have less choice.

While Huawei has been selling unlocked units of their flagships through online stores in the US, they are yet to carry out sales through major carriers like AT&T - which remains to be a popular choice among Americans when purchasing new handsets. The four leading US carriers have connections with several of the top mobile device manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung Electronics.

"This makes it very hard for Huawei to get significant in the U.S.as the open channels account for only about 10-11 percent of the market", said Canalys analyst Mo Jia, referring to sales channels outside telecom carriers and vendors' own stores.

The West Coast-based solution provider executive's company does not resell Huawei devices - the organization works with Apple and Samsung on the device side.

AT&T has reneged on Huawei's first distribution deal with a United States carrier, leaving the firm's expansion ambitions in tatters.


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