Huawei's AT&T deal may have failed due to political pressure

The Huawei Mate S

The Huawei Mate S

The deal would have seen the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei's competitor to the iPhone X, available through a major carrier in the States for the first time.

Instead, if the report proves to be accurate, the world's third most popular smartphone manufacturer company will remain on the the outside looking in. That's according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal. Regardless, the collapse would represent a huge blow to Huawei's global expansion plans.

The AT&T deal died a few weeks after members of the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to the Federal Communications Commission raising concerns about reports that Huawei had struck a deal with a major telecommunications carrier. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that that will no longer be the case.

AT&T has backed off of a deal to sell Huawei phones in the US.

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What do you think is behind AT&T's reported decision?

Just yesterday, we received word that the agreement between Huawei and AT&T was annulled at the last moment, but we still shared this slim level of hope that because both companies had not officially given their statements, it is possible that the rumor turns out to be false. It would have been the Chinese company's biggest opportunity to break into the USA market with its smartphones.

The company has been trying to penetrate the USA market for years now and its success hinges on selling its phones through carriers.

Amid reports of ongoing talks between the two companies, AT&T has announced Huawei phones will not be part of its handset offerings. Huawei has stated that while the Mate 10 Pro won't be offered via a carrier in the USA, it would be offered via open channels.

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