Breakdown between Huawei and AT&T result of U.S. lawmaker pressure

One announcement that many people expected to occur at CES 2018 last week was going to be the availability of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro in the U.S. market via AT&T. In a big surprise, that announcement was scuttled the day before CES 2018 opened. Huawei was able to salvage the Mate 10 Pro launch with news that the device would be available through a variety of retailers even if an official carrier partner did not exist. In a new report, the cancellation of that deal was the result of pressure from U.S. lawmakers on AT&T to break off ties with Huawei.

According to sources, U.S. lawmakers take a dim view of Huawei and believe the Chinese company may be part of efforts that threaten U.S. national security. This is not a new position as lawmakers have been lobbying against Huawei’s entry into the U.S. market for several years. Their position may be somewhat bolstered by the position of the Trump administration which is taking a harder stance on different issues involving China.

Huawei is present in the U.S. market already through a variety of channels and initiatives. Honor branded phones are already available through major retailers and discount carrier Cricket, owned by AT&T, makes Huawei smartphones available to consumers. AT&T also works in collaboration with Huawei on standards for 5G networks in the U.S. Huawei has also produced phones for Google in the past.

Along with pressure to stop AT&T from carrying the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, or presumably any other Huawei phone, lawmakers are also pressuring the FCC to prevent China Mobile from entering the U.S. market. China Mobile is currently the world’s largest wireless carrier.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang says “we hope that China and the United States can work hard together to maintain the healthy and stable development of trade and business ties. This accords with the joint interests of both.” No other parties to the different deals have been willing to provide any official comments.

Do you think Huawei should be given greater access to the U.S. market or do they represent a national security concern that should be avoided?

source: Reuters

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • ZxyLady

    Honestly, I have had a Nexus 6p, and now have a MediaPad M3, both are and were fantastic devices. Every news story that I have read has never found any security risks associated with Huawei. The Rumors in the past were proven false, so who cares -I mean the ‘who cares’ to be Rhetorical! I wholeheartedly hope to see Huawei phones and tablets available in the US soon.