Huawei to focus on high-end LTE enabled handsets for the U.S. market

Huawei to focus on high-end LTE enabled handsets for the U.S. market
Chinese manufacturer Huawei has had to back off trying to get any presence in the U.S. infrastructure market. That's because of rumors that the company is involved in espionage for the Chinese government. But that doesn't stop the company from trying to sell more handsets in the states. Huawei executive William Plummer, VP of external affairs, says that the company needs to build on the momentum it has made selling low end smartphones via T-Mobile, MetroPCS, AT&T and Leap Wireless.

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.

source: FierceWireless

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2 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Pretty crowded market segment. Best wishes, but don't be too surprised. Current market players are going to jealously guard their territory. Only BB/RIM was fat, dumb and happy.

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Polished turd. ZTE + Huawei + Pantech = Cheap Doorstops for Home and/or Office.

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