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SHANGHAI—Chinese telecoms giant Huawei says it would no longer focus on the US market for its core business, months after Washington effectively closed the door on it by labelling it a security threat.

The US Congress last year warned telecom equipment supplied by Huawei and another Chinese company, ZTE, could be used for spying and called for their exclusion from government contracts and acquisitions.

Huawei has denied those claims and accused the US government of protectionism, while seeking to improve transparency by releasing annual reports despite not being a listed company, but to no effect.

“Considering the situation our company currently faces in the US, it would be very difficult for the US market to become a primary revenue source or a key growth area for our carrier network business in the foreseeable future,” Huawei said in a statement.

The carrier network sector, in which it provides telecom companies with equipment and services to run their telecoms operations, is Huawei’s main business.

A news report quoted Huawei’s executive vice-president Eric Xu as telling analysts in a meeting at its headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday that the firm had shifted away from the US over the past year.

“We are not interested in the US market any more,” he was quoted as saying by the Financial Times.

A Huawei spokesman could not confirm the report.

But the statement, provided to AFP late Wednesday, said Xu’s comment applied to its carrier network business, which derived growth mainly from developed markets outside the United States.

“In spite of this challenge, our US employees remain committed to providing quality services for our customers,” it said.

Another Huawei executive said this month that the company still hoped to solve the “problems” it has in the United States.

“I believe one day we could potentially solve the challenges and problems in the US,” said chief executive officer Guo Ping.

Huawei, which was founded by former Chinese army engineer Ren Zhengfei, was also barred from tendering for Australia’s national broadband network last year on security grounds.


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Tags: China , Huawei , technology , telecommunication , US

  • http://www.facebook.com/allcad123456 Allan Cadigal

    security treat pala bakit hindi iband ang huwei sa pinas dapat welgahan din to.

  • Barney Stinson

    That’s good news. That’s one less “Made in China” item off the local Walmart shelves.

  • calipso_2100

    Sour-graping.

  • bright

    I hope GMA and the government learn there lesson. Cheaper price should not be sacrificed for sovereignty. .

    • http://www.facebook.com/allcad123456 Allan Cadigal

      hindi pa nga nakulong ang salarin protected by her wheel chair.

  • Meow Ming

    Can you believe that our local telcos were equipped by these companies and our electrical grid are being run by chinese? Imagine if there is war, they already had the upperhand.

    • divictes

      Indeed… and do we have the capability to address this flaw in our national security? Or is our intrepid NSA( if it exists) even aware of this?

  • i_am_filipino

    These products are planted with numerous tracking device, explosion devise, controllable device, so if you want your computer , phones, electeonics free from bugs and explosion devise, dont ever buy MADE IN CHINA

  • INQ_reader

    Sour-graping…

  • Wakats

    The US and Australia barred Huawei and ZTE, for security reasons. Huawei and ZTE, which are both based in Shenzhen, China, cannot be trusted to be free of chinese government’s influence.

    Huawei is the world’s second-biggest maker of routers, switches and other telecommunication equipment after Sweden’s Ericsson. ZTE ranks fifth.

    ZTE is well-placed in the telecom business in the PH, including our power grids. Chinese-branded smart phones like Lenovo, ZTE Grand Era and Grand X LTE are being marketed locally.

    To show our displeasure to the chinese bullies’ forcible annexation of Panatag Shoal, boycott of chinese smart phones is in order….

    • http://www.facebook.com/allcad123456 Allan Cadigal

      dapat hindi na bilihin ang kanilang produkto……

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darille-Jacob-Barro/100001231097776 Darille Jacob Barro

    nice



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