Huawei speaks out: "we have decided to exit the US market”


Chinese Huawei, the world’s largest network equipment maker and one of the world’s top 5 smartphone manufacturers, will quit the US market amidst allegations of cyberspying. In a rare appearance, chief executive Ren Zhengfei revealed to journalists that Huawei will indeed step out of the United States market after numerous allegations from the American Government. It’s hard to say whether this applies to its network equipment only or other devices as well such as smartphones.

The House Intelligence Committee in particular has accused Huawei of spying, but the company has fiercely denied the allegations and company VP William Plummer called the committee’s investigation a “comedic sham…border[ing] on corporate defamation.” Plummer defends Huawei’s position that House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers “has made multiple claims about China-headquartered Huawei’s integrity, not once – not once – with a shred of demonstrable substance.”

The first investigations into Huawei’s alleged spying practices kicked off in 2011, and the following review concluded “that the threat to the supply chain [of telecommunications equipment] constitutes a rising national security concern of the highest priority.”

Huawei, of course, as any other big Chinese manufacturer, has a complicated relationship with its own Chinese Government and China’s People’s Liberation Army. Huawei CEO Ren himself is a member of the Chinese Communist Party. Right now, Huawei says its US handsets are “still selling well,” which might be taken as a hint that the exit will happen mostly in network equipment.

source: Foreign Policy (paywall) via GSM Arena

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48 Comments

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sad, very sad... Many people people in the US think that Huawei is spying them and wants to steal their personal information for the Chinese Government, so they don't buy a Huawei product. Seriously, why would the Chinese Government want to steal your mom's bikini pics? What a bunch of naive peoples. Don't give up, Huawei.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Or, you know, billions of dollars in corporate secrets...

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31806; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He's only 15 or 16 bro, we gotta remember that. +1

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

So what? I'm not ignorant and childish like you, Apple fanboyjedii.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31806; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My points made

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not even close to it buddy. His point was made actually...

38. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Learn to respect other people with regard to wisdom and not age.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As pertains to smartphones, they're not going to get any corporate or government secrets off a phone I hold. On the other hand, they're not going to find bikini pictures of my mom, either. WTF is going on in that family?

8. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

typical Americans, nothing weird.

11. papss unregistered

What is that supposed to mean? Im glad that one chinese company is leaving the US. I say more should leave.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

More should leave? What if Foxconn stop manufacturing iPhones for Apple, no more iPhones... At that time, the one who's leaving is Apple.

14. papss unregistered

So be it.. as ive stated foxcon is a waste and id prefer to have mg products made by adults and people who have a choice. Ill pay more just for this to happen.

20. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Sure. When you find that iphones and ipads are out of stock 75% of the time, thus making the asp go up a few hundred dollars + another hundred for making it by decent paid workers... I doubt you'll want your $800 ipad. and $1000 iphone.

28. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Which is one of the reasons I purchased a Droid Maxx. Voting with my wallet and what-not.

19. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

How is "no more iPhones" a bad thing?

23. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I could really care less about Apple.. they don't make anything worthwhile here in the US. The shelter their profits so they don't pay what they should in taxes either. Personally, I'm of the opinion that I'm ok with these Chinese companies being gone from the US market. We already build FAR too much in China, don't need them directly competing with us on the store shelves either. It's nothing against the Chinese people at all.

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It means what it means and it is people that think like you that makes America full of difficult people. So you don't want Chinese companies making a crapload of money in America but it's just enterprising if US companies make crap load of money in other countries? Why stop there. Why don't we just build a wall between each country and not let anyone visit?

34. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

China does limit US imports.

42. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

And US f**ks Samsung and Huawei without any valid reasoning. Which is worse? Levies operate differently in each country and the taxes and levies work much better than limiting anyways.

18. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Sshhhh.. Kids shouldn't be talking about someone's mom's bikini. Gawwwd..

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That is just how society works in America. They have really messed up entitlement issues and fanboys like commentator, paper, and darkjedi are either too stupid or patriotic to see this. Apple and the US government and jury are guilty of this. That is why Sony simply just chooses to pull out and everyone else including Samsung should as well. That is the only way to fix. Unfortunately, Samsung might lose too much money if they pull out so we are stuck with these people that think Apple and the US government are right even when they are just being babies.

30. papss unregistered

Lol right....so no other country has these issues? If everyone should pull out of the US to "fix" us then maybe we should pull all our OS away from other countries...android,apple and windows. Typical tard comments from you

32. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes no other country has these issues to the extent of America. Of course you are too retarded to see this. Pulling out those OS from other countries fixes nothing. Other countries welcome them. It is the americatards that don't welcome products from outsiders or just accuse them for copying. Typical retarded papss

35. papss unregistered

Its built into the chinese culture to copy... fact.. to bad you are to retarded to see that. You should take your american bashing to iran where its appropriate or is it envey with you?

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Wait a second?! Are you saying that all Asian companies copy now and the US are immune?! ROFL. You are more retarded than I thought and that is saying something because I thought you were pretty retarded.

48. papss unregistered

Wheredid i say asian?its called comprehension you stupid fuk! Good job twisting what i said.

37. India

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

If you pull all the OS, then we indian's need to pull all our s/w engineers from america after that you may need someone to shut down all your servers

39. papss unregistered

Thats my point.. every country prospers off america but wants to rag on us. I truely believe its envy.

40. India

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

i really proud on your patriotism. but facts are different...... i think its out of phonearena so no more comment from my side bye

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Wow! Just wow! Talk about living in your own bubble. Let's see some evidence to support your really stupid theory....this should be good.

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