Huawei wins another patent battle against Samsung in China

Delia Watkins
January 14, 2018

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".

The Mate 10 Pro goes up for pre-order on February 4th, and will still get a pretty solid retail presence in this country, courtesy of Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and B&H on the 18th.

The Chinese technology firm has been steadily advancing in the global smartphone market.

Huawei's legal victory comes days after it was dealt a setback in its efforts to expand sales in the United States when, according to media reports, a planned deal to sell handsets phones through AT&T fell through.

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.

Although no explanation was given, industry watchers say AT&T's decision may have something to do with security concerns since Huawei has a history of relationship with the Chinese military.

At least some of the company's struggles here can seemingly be traced back to a 2012 House Intelligence Committee report that flagged the company as a potential security risk, along with fellow Chinese smartphone maker, ZTE.

"This makes it very hard for Huawei to get significant in the the open channels account for only about 10-11 percent of the market", said Canalys analyst Mo Jia, referring to sales channels outside telecom carriers and vendors' own stores. In the meantime, Huawei Mobile celebrated and welcomed the New Year and also took the opportunity to officially inaugurate the Huawei Mate 10 Pro at Aeon Mall in Phnom Penh.

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Huawei faced a similar issue in 2012 when the USA lawmakers claimed there were long-term security risks linked with the company's network equipment and services, leading it to pull out of the U.S. market.

US lawmakers in December inked a letter to the Federal Communications Commission that outlined longstanding concerns that Huawei's products could be used to spy on the USA and the company's presumed ties to the Chinese government.

At this stage, there is no need for the Trump administration to comment on the issue since the premise is that it involves a commercial negotiation between the two companies.

Huawei reportedly asked Samsung to enter into a cross-licensing deal. It may be hard to find another U.S. mobile operator to carry its products. "Sometimes that's good for consumers and business; sometimes it is not", the partner said.

US officials are also investigating whether the company violated American trade sanctions in countries including Iran and Syria. They may even have to sacrifice some of their own corporate tenets to abide by the rules of the game.

Yu pointed out that the company had already won the trust of other major markets through carriers around the world including China, Europe and Japan, and in an apparent move to address the espionage allegations, he added: "We are serving over 70 million people worldwide".

Huawei perhaps could take a lesson or two from Apple in exploring the United States market.

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