In an email, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, Richard Yu, stated that the company is not pulling out of the US market in spite of the fact that retailers are dropping the brand. He said:
“We are committed to the US market and to earning the trust of US consumers by staying focused on delivering world-class products and innovation. We would never compromise that trust.”
For Huawei to earn that trust, it will have to go endure several challenges in a bid to gain access to the US market. Earlier this year, there was a warning for citizens not to make use of Huawei’s products and services from the heads of six US intelligence agencies including the FBI and the NSA. The company had before this time been sued by Cisco for stealing source code and was described by US politicians as “effectively an arm of the Chinese government.”
CEO Richard Yu referred to US warnings and security concerns as “groundless suspicions” and “quite frankly unfair.” He further stated that Huawei employs more than 1,000 people in 13 US offices and says, “We welcome an open and transparent discussion if it is based on facts.”
In January, according to the reports from our sources, Huawei planned to launch its new Mate 10 Pro flagship in the US via AT&T, but the carrier pulled out of the deal. Soon after Verizon followed.
As for retail support, Huawei of recent lost its retail partner, Best Buy. Although Best Buy has not made any statements as to why it stopped selling Huawei’s devices, Huawei was found out to be getting people write fake reviews for the Mate 10 Pro on Best Buy’s website in exchange for an opportunity to test the device.
Earlier this week after unveiling its latest P20 and P20 Pro smartphones, Huawei’s CEO said, “Even without the United States market, we’ll be number one in the world.”