Despite Huawei’s efforts, it looks like the company wouldn’t flourish in the United States anytime soon. In a report by CNBC, the heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA warned their countrymen about using Huawei and ZTE devices.
This is just weeks after AT&T dropped the deal with Huawei. The company was supposed to be offering the Mate 10 Pro as part of Huawei’s first steps of finally penetrating the American market. However, AT&T backed-out at the last minute, which is rumored to be due to political pressure.
Going back, the recommendation by the US Intelligence agencies were given during a Senate Intelligence Committee last Tuesday.
According to Chris Wray, US FBI Director, they are concerned about “the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.”
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Wray also added that the devices being sold by the two companies might be used to “modify and steal information” and may allow them to “conduct undetected espionage”.
These US Intelligence agencies have always been wary of Huawei. They believe that the company is a strong ally of the Chinese government. They even banned the company from bidding through different US government contracts in the last several years.
As you may all know, Huawei is more than just a smartphone manufacturer. The Chinese multinational company is also known for its other information and communications products and is a supplier of ICT equipment in 170 countries worldwide. The company also spends billions in research and development to further empower their advancement in technology.
Despite the case, Huawei is still offering an unlocked version of the Mate 10 Pro in the US.
On the other hand, ZTE smartphones can be seen in various telcos. But in an official statement, the company assures its US customers that they are “committed in adhering to all applicable laws and regulations in the United States” and also added that “they take cybersecurity and privacy seriously and remains a trusted partner to our US suppliers, US customers”.
Huawei also recently partnered with PLDT in a Php1.4 billion project to improve their wireless platform.