It's no surprise where Huawei decided to open its first store outside of China

It's no surprise where Huawei decided to open its first store outside of China
Apple Stores have locations around the world, and Samsung has just opened new stores in the U.S. Today, as noted by Reuters, much-maligned Huawei announced that this summer, it will be opening its first store out of China; the store will be located in Vienna, Austria. Huawei is trying to put roots down in Europe, hoping that politicians and consumers won't succumb to the pressure from U.S. lawmakers who call the company a national security threat. The U.S. says that Huawei networking gear and its devices spy on consumers and corporations on behalf of the communist Chinese government, and has warned allies to stay away from the company.

During a press conference held in Vienna to announce the opening of the store, Huawei's vice president of corporate communication, Joe Kelly, denied that Huawei has been asked by any government to spy using its networking equipment. The company also said that if asked to spy, it would refuse to do so. But that answer is disingenuous since Chinese law requires tech firms to assist the government in intelligence gathering; Huawei might not have to be explicitly asked to spy on behalf of the Chinese government.

That Huawei is planning on opening its first non-Chinese store in Austria might not be terribly surprising; the company is providing 5G networking equipment to the three major carriers in the country. One of them is Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile Austria, which is surprising. Back in December, both Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank. the parent companies of T-Mobile USA and Sprint respectively, both agreed to a request from U.S. regulators to stop using Huawei gear. In return, the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint received the green light from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). That agency scrutinizes mergers for possible security issues.

Huawei currently has the second largest smartphone market share in Austria with a 28% slice of the pie.

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16 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

This company needs to be stopped just like t series

3. htcisthebest

Posts: 434; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Your baseless comment needs to be stopped as well.

8. gdawilson

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Stopped from what? Being a business and wanting to succeed? If you're one of those that think they're spying, please provide proof :) . No one has proof, but they spread rumors

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1239; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

There is no proof, their equipment has been thoroughly tested for backdoors and such for the last two decades and nothing has been found. It's because China is becoming more technologically advanced than the USA, their military might exceeds the USA and the US don't like falling behind. They're trying to slow China's rise to power.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

If this were an Apple article and someone said that about them, you’d be on the attack and saying how Android fans always attack Apple. And yet, here you are doing the same thing to Huawei that you complain about being done to Apple, smh...

13. mahalo15

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

and cue the Chinese brigade of keyboard warriors....

4. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

I don't see Huawei being stopped from getting the number one spot in smartphone sales anytime soon.

5. Gadgetex

Posts: 193; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Not sure where they get first store from... They have a store inside Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand.

6. SaRPeR

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This is not the first store outside China. Huawei already opened a store in Izmir, Turkey. https://youtu.be/AwtKCZF_EYM

7. mootu

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Alan F's daily attemt at Huawei assassination. Writes an article about Huawei opening a store, writes 2 lines on that subject and uses the rest of the article to prattle on about Huawei spying for the Chinese. And Deutsche Telekom only agreed to stop using Huawei network equipment in the US to get the T Mobile merger passed, they never said they wouldn't use it elsewhere and have already signed up with Huawei for it's Polish and Austrian 5G networks.

12. alanrock

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

PA talks, Huawei walks...

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

With the way Huawei has been growing despite not having a presence in (and pressure to be stopped by) the U.S., I foresee them capturing the number one spot of glaobal smartphone manufacturer by volume soon.

14. mahalo15

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

True, with the rampant IP theft they are doing, they might get to top soon. Huawei is even offering bonuses to staff to steal intellectual property...they encourage IP theft...but too many CPC members here to arguing otherwise to spread propaganda. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/huaw​ei-indictment-trade-secrets-2019-1?r=US&IR=T https:​//www.androidauthority.com/huawei-theft-b​​​​​onus-prog​ram-955187/

15. alanrock

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don’t care for your propaganda filled, politically charged rants. I talk tech. I don’t engage in political talk on a tech site, and I don’t have some agenda like you do. The comments you make are also sprinkled with a bit of racist BS, so you’re definitely not someone I care to converse with, which is pretty obvious at this point. So how about you and your propaganda and politically charged agenda respond to someone else that cares for the sort of crap you bring to a tech site.

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