Huawei CEO Says Company Won’t Give Up On U.S. Market Despite Disappointing Setbacks

To say that Huawei has been beleaguered of late would be an understatement. The company has seen all hopes of distributing its smartphones in the U.S. thwarted, be it from wireless carriers or from nationwide retailers. Much of trouble that Huawei has been faced with comes as U.S. authorities are concerned about its close ties to the Chinese government. This poses a potential national security risk, which is why Americans are being warned to avoid Huawei products.

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Huawei has brought some of the trouble on itself by using shady tactics like encouraging fans to post fake reviews on Best Buy's website for a phone that hadn't even launched. Best Buy never openly said those fake reviews were the reason it stopped selling all Huawei devices, but it seems likely to be a contributing factor. Despite all those woes, Huawei isn’t giving up.

Huawei consumer Group CEO Richard Yu told CNET, "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."

As for the concerns about spying posed by Huawei products, Yu said, "The security risk concerns are based on groundless suspicions and are quite frankly unfair. We welcome an open and transparent discussion if it is based on facts."

Yu also talked up the relationships his company has with other major global carriers around the world, seemingly to suggest that the U.S. is the only country with these security fears. "We work with 46 of the 50 global operators and have maintained a very strong security record because security is one of our top priorities." Yu has also boasted that even without the U.S. market, Huawei hope to soon become the top smartphone manufacturer in the world. Yu also thinks that his company will eventually be able to win over a skeptical U.S. government through trust and accountability.