Huawei to focus on high-end LTE enabled handsets for the U.S. market
Just the other day, the company unveiled the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 and unlike the OG model, the new sequel will end up in the U.S. market according to Huawei CEO Richard Yu. You might recall that it was last year's CES when Huawei took the wrappings off the device that was at that time, the largest screened smartphone in the industry. The executive mentioned AT&T and T-Mobile as two U.S. carriers that could support the phone.
Huawei does have a two pronged plan to attack the U.S.market. The manufacturer will go after the U.S. carriers, and will also try to get its handsets inside stores that sell unlocked smartphones. In both locations.Huawei is aiming to sell 4G LTE enabled models. "Regardless of channel, that's going to be good for carriers and consumers," says the executive.
As far as selling networking gear, in the U.S. this is not going to happen. A recent report from German publication Der Spiegel said that the NSA looks for Huawei's networking equipment among others, to create a backdoor in products after infecting it with malware and using special software to create the exploits used. It will be hard for Huawei to bounce back from that. As Plummer says, "the deficit of trust is universal." But at least the company still has its handsets to sell.