In the meantime, Huawei Mobile celebrated and welcomed the New Year and also took the opportunity to officially inaugurate the Huawei Mate 10 Pro at Aeon Mall in Phnom Penh. But this year Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei's consumer products division, threw some major shade at AT&T during his keynote speech. More big loss is consumers.
Following the collapse of a deal that would have seen United States wireless carrier AT&T sell smartphones made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, experts have raised the issue of a "trust deficit" between the two countries.
Last April, a court in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, ordered Samsung to pay 80 million yuan (about US$12 million) to Huawei for infringing the firm's patents on its smartphone technologies.
The collapse of the deal coincides with U.S. politicians expressing concerns that Huawei is a security threat.
Support from US carriers has been an issue for Chinese smartphone brands. Selling its Android phones through carriers in the US now seems like a logical step forward to further cement itself as a major competitor in the smartphone market.More news: Walmart's turbulent day includes increase in salary and shutting down the stores
Verizon is also under the same pressure as AT&T, according to Android Police. But it has never managed to crack the USA, and the firm will have to rethink its expansion plans after this latest blow. That will join the similarly self-effacing "best phone you've never heard of" slogan the company has started rolling out in the ramp-up to Mate 10 Pro availability.
Because of this skepticism, including the USA government's rejection of several Chinese deals, Chinese investment in the United States fell to $25 billion previous year from $50 billion in 2016, according to Derek Scissors, a China expert at the American Enterprise Institute. "They need Huawei. Huawei, we will bring more value to them, to the carriers, more importantly, to the consumers in the U.S". At the time, Huawei hit out at worldwide "protectionism". "Huawei has treated us better than anybody".
The bill introduced this week would prohibit the federal government "from using or contracting with an entity that uses" telecommunications equipment or services from by Huawei or ZTE, or any of their subsidiaries.