After laying off five U.S. employees, is Huawei giving up on grabbing a strong stateside presence?

After laying off five U.S. employees, is Huawei giving up on grabbing a strong stateside presence?
Even though the U.S. government has already warned Americans that Huawei devices could be spying on them and U.S. corporations, the company recently said that it wasn't giving up on the states. With the firm's ambitious goal to top Samsung and Apple to become the globe's largest smartphone manufacturer, it probably is important for Huawei to grab a toehold in the U.S. via one of the major U.S. carriers.

To that end, Verizon and AT&T were supposed to carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro earlier this year, but both pulled out at the last minute. There is speculation that both wireless operators were told to back out on orders of the U.S. government.

Despite Huawei's initial reaction to forge ahead with plans to find carrier partners in the U.S., the company might have changed its mind. Huawei has recently given pink slips to five members of its U.S. team, including lobbyist William B. Plummer who was with the company for eight years. Plummer's title was VP of external affairs, and his main job was to convince lawmakers in Washington that Huawei did not have ties to the Chinese government. But he was unsuccessful; yesterday, the FCC voted to continue with a rule that would prohibit federally subsidized telecom carriers from using suppliers that are considered threats to national security. And while Huawei wasn't mentioned by name, it is one of the companies that the U.S. government is wary of.

Although Huawei hasn't officially conceded anything regarding its future plans for the U.S., Huawei CEO Richard Yu stated last month that the company can still become the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, even without a strong presence in the states. With the recent layoffs, the company might have decided that it can't fight city hall. Or in this case, Capitol Hill.

source: NYTimes

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9. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

there is no country in the world that spy on people than the US govt.

10. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

European countries are way better when comes to privacy protection. In Europe Hauwei is doing excellent. Which proves that US alligation is totally baseless. Huawei should invest more on European markets where business is booming than trying in USA

11. jrhAR

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I live in the USA. They should let the market determine Huawei's success or failure. If it's actually *demonstrated* that (and how) Huawei is spying, people here will simply stop buying their devices. Otherwise, let people buy them if they want to! Sounds like Apple's and Samsung's lobbyists we're better than Huawei's. Pity.

15. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Agreed, but the US won't take the chance to let the market speak, because they can see that Huawei is taking over globally at a rapid pace. Customers all over the world are flocking to Huawei for the value they get, and every Huawei phone sold in the US, is one less person that the US can collect data from, so it is in their interest for Huawei to not exist on their home turf at all. Maybe if Huawei agreed to sell their phones with a Qualcomm chip for the US market, like Samsung does, they would be allowed to continue to sell in the US.

13. Poptart2828

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Huawei only needs to conquer the rest of the world and they will be number 1. You don't need the US market.

14. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Huawei and their crap products won't conquer anyone except maybe in 3rd world countries. Huawei compared to Samsung is still 5 to 6 years behind.

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