US telecoms carrier AT&T has dropped plans to sell Chinese brand Huawei's smartphones in the United States, dealing a setback to the No. 3 global phone maker's expansion plans, according to news reports.
AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook declined to comment. This means that in the end, a war will be waged between Samsung Electronics which wants to keep its technological advantages and Huawei which wants to remove its image as an imitator and prove its technological power in overseas markets such as the United States. Even the company acknowledges its relative obscurity with the US marketing tagline: "The best phone you've never heard of".
The Microsoft Store and other United States retailers will also offer the more expensive Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 next month. "We are a company that really cares about cybersecurity and privacy protection". The Dallas-based telecom company reviewed a mobile phone chip set made by the manufacturer.More news: At least one Oregonian arrested in nationwide ICE raids
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Huawei's plans for growth in the US led to heightened scrutiny by Congress.
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.
The document said that later information obtained by the panels "only reinforces our concerns regarding Huawei and Chinese espionage". "Allowing Huawei, ZTE, and other related entities access to USA government communications would be inviting Chinese surveillance into all aspects of our lives". In 2012, a House Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan report, saying that Huawei and ZTE - two Chinese companies subsidized by the government - had stolen intellectual property and could use their equipment to spy on Americans.
Last year, ZTE was hit with a fine of over $1 billion after admitting it had violated U.S. -Iran sanctions by shipping product from the U.S.to Iran and then lying about its actions when pressed by federal investigators.
In a statement Tuesday, Huawei said it has proven itself by "delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the USA market" for five years and looks forward to introducing new products to the US market.