- AT&T has reneged on Huawei’s first ever distribution deal with a US carrier, leaving the firm’s expansion ambitions in tatters.
- Huawei is reportedly trying to secure a new deal with rival Verizon, but political pressure from US politicians may mean the firm will struggle to find a new partner.
- Huawei is the fourth biggest smartphone maker in the world, and hoped to finally crack the US market with the launch of the new Mate 10 Pro flagship phone.
- It looks like the firm will launch the phone without a carrier partner — but most US consumers only buy their phones through a carrier.
- The collapse of the deal coincides with US politicians expressing concerns that Huawei is a security threat.
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei hit a major stumbling block in its US expansion plans, after its first ever deal with an American carrier fell through due to reported political pressure. A second deal is also looking shaky.
Huawei had been due to launch its new flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, with AT&T in February. But according to The Wall Street Journal, the carrier backed out of the deal without any explanation. AT&T is the second biggest carrier in the US, and the collapse of the deal essentially shuts Huawei out of the US smartphone market.
A second deal with Verizon is looking unlikely, with the carrier also under political pressure to cancel a planned summer launch of the Mate 10 Pro, according to Android Police.
At&T and Verizon have not commented, but Huawei said it would be launching the Mate 10 Pro in the US without carrier partners.
AT&T’s cancellation comes weeks after the US Senate and House Intelligence committees reportedly sent letters to the FCC arguing that Huawei was a security threat. It was also worried about US carrier deals with the smartphone Read More Here