The firm trails only Apple and Samsung in terms of worldwide sales and an accord with a USA network may have been enough to push Huawei into the No.1 spot. That deal has been cancelled according to people claiming knowledge about the deal.
The deal reportedly died after members of both the US Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the FCC. "United States customers need a better choice, and as a leader in technology and innovation, Huawei is prepared to fill this need", the Chinese telecom equipment giant said.
Failing to secure a partnership with one of the biggest mobile carriers in the U.S.is a major setback for AT&T, Bloomberg reports.More news: Bannon 'Regrets' Explosive Comments As Surrogates Denounce Wolff Book On Sunday Shows
Huawei still plans to sell a version of the Mate 10 not tied to a specific carrier.
It's been widely expected that Huawei would take to the CES 2018 stage this week and announce a deal with AT&T that'd get its phones on the carriers shelves. That may be good news for consumers, but that not might bode well for Huawei.
According to The Information, Huawei's smartphone deal with AT&T was killed by "political pressure".
For many consumers it can be simpler to buy their smartphones directly from their mobile carriers where the handsets can be set up with a SIM card, data transfer services and related application services that make it easier to switch to a new phone brand. However, Huawei will continue on its determined campaign to pierce through the lucrative North American market.