Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Samsung found guilty of infringing on 4G technology patents owned by Huawei

Samsung found guilty of infringing on 4G technology patents owned by Huawei

Yet Huawei appeared shut out of the United States six years ago after congressional investigators determined its equipment could be used for spying or crippling the USA telecommunications network, the Journal reported.

At CES, an angry Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, admitted the end of the AT&T deal was a loss for the company, "but the more big loss is for consumers, because consumers don't have the best choice".

LAS VEGAS-The end of a rumored deal to sell Huawei phones through AT&T doesn't just hurt the Chinese company's plans for the USA market.

AT&T walked away from the deal just a day before an anticipated announcement on Tuesday by Huawei at a Las Vegas technology trade show, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The document said that later information obtained by the panels "only reinforces our concerns regarding Huawei and Chinese espionage".

The collapse of the deal coincides with U.S. politicians expressing concerns that Huawei is a security threat. In 2012, a House Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan report, saying that Huawei and ZTE - two Chinese companies subsidized by the government - had stolen intellectual property and could use their equipment to spy on Americans.

AT&T has reportedly backed out of its initial deal with Huawei, but the Mate 10 Pro will still be sold in the United States through a number of online stores.

"Everybody knows that in the United States market that over 90 percent of smartphones are sold by carrier channels", Yu said. As a result, with the collapse of the AT&T deal, United States customers will have less choice when it comes to buying their next handset, Yu said.

Huawei is the fourth-biggest smartphone maker globally because of its massive popularity in Asia, according to IDC.

During his speech, Yu played a 4-minute video of European customers expressing how satisfied they were with their Huawei phones.

Despite the setback with AT&T, Yu signaled that he's confident USA carriers will sell his company's phones one day. "We have flexibility in who we support today, so adding Huawei, in addition to Apple and Android, would be nice", the channel partner said. "Huawei has had that history, and that's been a challenge for them, and it's still a challenge for them now on the smartphone side", the executive said.

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