AT&T drops plans to sell Huawei smartphones - report

Tuesday 9 January 2018 | 08:57 CET | News

AT&T has abandoned plans to start selling smartphones from Huawei, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. Huawei had been expected to announce at CES that it had struck an agreement with AT&T, marking its first partnership with a major US mobile carrier. 

It was not known the reason for AT&T's withdrawal. Both companies declined to comment.

A separate report by The Information said AT&T pulled out of the deal due to political pressure. The publication cited a letter sent by US Congress members to the FCC raising concerns about Huawei entering the consumer market with a major US operator. The letter cited an intelligence committee report pointing to Huawei's alleged ties to the Communist Party and China's security and intelligence community. 

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